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HCC Foundation Executive Director Announces Retirement

FREEPORT � After spending nearly 20 years with the Highland Community College Foundation � and the last 16 as executive director � Susan Atherton has announced her retirement, effective January 1, 2011.

�I want to thank all of the friends and donors that I have worked with over the years,� said Atherton. �Your generous support of HCC and its students has been inspiring. You�ve helped to truly improve the lives of so many throughout northwest Illinois.�

Known for her tireless efforts in support of Highland Community College and its mission to encourage the personal and professional growth of the residents of the college district, Atherton began her career with the Foundation in 1991 as an administrative assistant and was promoted to executive director in 1994. funny cat pictures

�Susan certainly will be missed. She had a strong, positive and caring relationship with so many benefactors and friends of the Foundation and the college,� said previous long-serving HCC Foundation Board president Jim Berberet. �I worked with Susan for more than 20 years while I was on the Foundation Board and as president. She was very successful in her home territory and extremely well respected by her peers at other community colleges.� funny pictures

The HCC Foundation is in the process of moving forward with plans for the future. �Susan meant so much to the Foundation and friends of HCC,� said current Foundation Board president, Todd Weegens. �Hers will be big shoes to fill and the Foundation leadership is carefully looking into our next steps moving forward. We are in the midst of the largest major gift campaign our organization has ever undertaken, and we are excited about keeping the momentum going.� funny images

The Growing for tomorrow�Changing lives today major gift campaign supports funding the cost of construction of the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing (completed in the spring of 2009); equipping it with the state-of-the art teaching tools; and providing financial assistance for nursing and health science students. funny photos

�Thanks to the generous donations and pledges of individuals and businesses throughout northwestern Illinois, the campaign has recently surpassed the �one-third� milestone on our way to provide approximately $6 million to Highland College,� according to Jim Berberet, of Freeport, who serves as the campaign�s co-chair, along with his wife Kathy, and Rob and Karen Urish of Mt. Morris, in Ogle County.

According to Berberet, �Susan�s many years of building relationships throughout the college district will provide a strong basis for going forward. Our board of directors and other volunteers will pick up the slack and will help us hit our goals.�

HCC president, Dr. Joe Kanosky, commented on Atherton�s tenure with the Foundation, saying, �The college is greatly appreciative of all of the hard work Susan has done in support of the institution and our students during her 20 years with the Foundation. Her 16 years as executive director have seen many exciting things which have allowed Highland to move forward with many programs and projects that have been critical to our continued success. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the Foundation as it moves forward with its critical mission of providing support for Highland Community College.�

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