BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Oakland Community College has
appointed Kathryn Rusak as Executive Director of the Oakland Community College
Rusak joins OCC from Wayne State University where she served as
Director of Development for the College of Education and the Irvin D. Reid
Honors College. During her 10-year career as a senior major gift officer at
Wayne State University, she managed philanthropic activities including the Honors
College capital campaign, major and planned gifts, annual giving, grant
development, donor communications, volunteer management and strategic planning.
Rusak also provided major gift support to the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, Athletics, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts as well
as the Alumni Association.
signals a game changing emphasis on building the Foundation to a stature
comparable to Michigan's other major institutions of higher learning," said OCC
Foundation Board Chairman David Ong.
As Executive Director of the OCC Foundation, Rusak will lead the
college's anticipated fundraising, work to build a community of supporters and
friends, cultivate relationships with college alumni and play a crucial role in
the college's upcoming 50th anniversary celebration.
"One of Kathryn's strengths is her experience in a variety of
different areas, including athletics, alumni relations, and leading major gift
efforts at Wayne State University," Chancellor Timothy R. Meyer said. "She also
has capital campaign experience, which is a real asset to us. She embodies
skills that will serve both the college and the OCC Foundation well."
Rusak is looking forward to sharing the good news about OCC's
value and educating the community about the need for fundraising, she said.
"I'm looking forward to working with the Foundation Board," Rusak
added. "It's a strong group of committed volunteers that provide a real value
to the college and will play a key role in building a successful culture of
philanthropy at OCC."
Rusak earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University
of Michigan and a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration
in non-profit management at Wayne State University. She is an alumna
of the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit Class XXXIII and
has been active in fundraising for the Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk and March of
Dimes March for Babies. Rusak lives in Farmington Hills with her
husband Frank and three children.
The Oakland Community College Foundation was established in 1979
to raise private donations, increase opportunities for students and enhance the
quality of education at the College. Gifts support students through
scholarships, equipment purchases and program development. The OCC Foundation
is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteer community leaders,
representatives of the OCC Board of Trustees, administration and faculty.
Oakland Community College is the largest
community college in Michigan and ranks 23rd among the nation's
1,200 associate degree-granting schools. With five campuses throughout Oakland
County, it offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields, including
university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts, as well
as workforce training and certificate programs. Three quarters of a
million students have enrolled at the college since it opened in 1965. Visit
OCC online at http://www.oaklandcc.edu.
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