Clackamas Community College hires fundraising leader
To lead its fundraising arm, Clackamas Community College has hired John Chang, the previous executive director of a statewide organization providing students with business programs and pre-college experiences.
Chang will begin his new role as executive director of CCC's Foundation effective Sept. 2. For the past four years, he had been the executive director of Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW), a nonprofit organization that connects high schoolers with professional development programs across Oregon and various other states.
During his tenure at YEBW, Chang raised $1.5 million in scholarships for students attending the programs in order to increase the nonprofit's ability to reach a more diverse group of students. Representing YEBW's mission to serve a broader, more equitable group of students, he explored what community colleges were accomplishing throughout Oregon, because his former experience had focused on partnering with four-year colleges.
Last year, the CCC Foundation awarded $710,389 in scholarships, which has been crucial for making education accessible to many CCC students who have to juggle commitments, balancing school with work and family.
"Having experienced firsthand the difference education can make in a person's life, I am passionate about community college and getting students the resources they need — and deserve — to succeed," Chang said.
As part of his work for YEBW, he visited CCC and said he was immediately entranced by the Oregon City campus the moment he stepped foot on it. To understand what CCC was accomplishing through programs that catalyzed future workforce pipelines, he met with Shalee Hodgson, CCC's associate dean of technology and applied sciences.
"That was my first time on campus, and when I knew I would be supporting CCC in some capacity," he said. "I really fell in love — there was just something about CCC that spoke to me."
Chang brings experience in fundraising, donor relations, business development and grant management. Prior to YEBW, his work includes serving as director of finance at Social Venture Partners, senior revenue analyst at Rejuvenation Hardware and operations controller at Guten Foods.
CCC President Tim Cook said the college is fortunate to have Chang as its new foundation executive director.
"He understands our mission of providing affordable, accessible and flexible education to the community," Cook said.
Chang earned his bachelor of science degree in labor economics from the University of Oregon, a degree in financial accounting from Portland State University and a master's in theological studies from Western Seminary in Portland.
"I'm just a normal guy who fell in love with the Clackamas Community College campus the moment I set foot on it," he said.
In leading fundraising for the college, the CCC Foundation executive director makes about $100,000 annually, which is paid for out of the college's general fund, not out of approximately $2 million in donations to the nonprofit that funds special programs at CCC in addition to providing scholarships. Chang replaces Paul Moredock, who retired in June after nearly seven years working for the college.
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