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Karen Pringle named to college Foundation post

COOS BAY, OR – Karen Pringle has been named as the Executive Director of Resource Development and College Foundation for the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.  Pringle will work with the college and community to strengthen the vitality of the college and the communities that the college serves in Coos, Curry, and western Douglas counties. She begins her job with many new members on the Foundation Board.

Pringle acknowledges that her arrival falls at a key time for the Foundation and College as College nears its 50th Anniversary and as the new Curry Campus continues to rise from the ground in Brookings. A final fundraising effort will be needed to fully furnish and equip the Curry Campus and increasing scholarship funds will make college accessible for more students.  However, Pringle also recognizes the importance of the Foundation in helping launch new initiatives at the college, such as the Culinary Institute, that will require start up money and capital construction campaigns.  She looks forward to working on future SWOCC initiatives responding to the demand for more allied health workers and many other vital programs that serve everyone who lives in the south coast.

Pringle has 25 years of service with charitable foundations and community planning organizations in Oregon and Montana.  She recently coordinated the capital campaign for Southwestern Oregon Community College’s (SWOCC) new Curry Campus in Brookings.  Pringle has a Bachelors Degree in Geography from the University of Akron, with additional study at Virginia Polytechnic & State University and the University of Montana.

In Coos and Curry counties, people can give a gift of education that keeps on giving for a lifetime,” said Pringle.

Pringle moved from Prineville, Oregon where she worked for the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, located at Marylhurst University.  She also has served as the CEO of a large nonprofit in Redmond, Oregon focused on poverty reduction and as the CEO of the Crook County Foundation, building endowed scholarship funds and leading a county-wide “Leave a Legacy” campaign.  She has additional experience as a Regional Field Manager for the Montana Community Foundation in Billings, Montana, a Land Use Planner in Missoula, Montana, and as an author of economic development plans for six rural counties in Montana.

“In Coos and Curry counties, people can give a gift of education that keeps on giving for a lifetime,” said Pringle. “On this campus, large and small gifts are appreciated and we want to celebrate that support in Southwestern’s 50th year.” 

The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public foundation organized exclusively for the purpose of supporting higher education in connection with Southwestern Oregon Community College.  Incorporated in 1962, the Foundation is managed by the Executive Director and controlled by a volunteer board. It accepts gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, personal property, life insurance, equipment, lifetime gifts, and gifts by bequest. The Foundation also accepts and manages charitable remainder trusts and lead trusts and is licensed to issue gift annuities in the State of Oregon. The Foundation is actively involved in funding current scholarships, projects, and activities and in building endowments that will persist in perpetuity. The Southwestern Foundation is located on the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) Coos Campus.

The Board of Trustees is a diverse group of volunteers who devote time, passion, and money to build the Foundation’s offerings and increase awareness in communities throughout the college district.  The group has recently grown to reach new industries and new areas of the college district.  Current Board members are:  Bob Braddock, Jordon Cove Energy Project L.P.; Brenda Brecke, Brecke Enterprises LLC; Ken Brooke, Bandon Dunes; Andy Combs, Whitty, Littlefield, McDaniel & Bodkin, LLP; Dr. John Flaxel, Bay Eye Clinic; Patty Gates, Coos Bay Vision Center; Don Ivy, Coquille Indian Tribe; Pete Johnson, North Bend Medical Center; Jean Kyle (Secretary); Bill Lansing (Vice Chair); Susan Massey; Judy Ann Mogan, My Yarn Shop; Joni Mostert, Umpqua Bank; Carol Oelke; Randy Rema, Reese Electric; Mark Wall, Roseburg Resources Co.; Jim Young, Oregon Department of Forestry; and, Dick Vigue (Chair), Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and The Vigue Company.

For more information about the Southwestern Foundation, contact 541-888-7211 or visit www.socc.edu/foundation.

“Expanding and broadening the cultural and educational life of the south coast through Southwestern is the most worthwhile pursuit I can imagine,” said Pringle.



Published Nov 15, 2010 (Updated Feb 23, 2012)

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