Glen Oaks Community College welcomes Vonda J. Marrow as executive director of the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation. In this role, she will lead the college’s advancement initiatives. Marrow began her position on March 5. She will continue to build and retain relationships with alumni and friends of the college to establish funds that will in turn provide scholarship assistance to students, support college programs, award grants and maintain facilities.
“Vonda is a great addition to the Foundation”, said Jeffrey Gatton, president of the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation Board. “She not only brings years of development experience, but she has an understanding of community colleges that will be an asset to the Foundation as we help the college move forward to meet the higher educational needs of St. Joseph County.”
“I am very happy to join the Foundation,” said Morrow. “As one who was able to achieve her educational dreams because of a community college, I truly understand the impact Glen Oaks has on students and ultimately this community. I am thrilled that I can use my skills, knowledge, and work experience here to increase the charitable dollars Glen Oaks receives annually. I look forward to meeting and working with the people of St. Joseph County and the Glen Oaks family.”
Marrow graduated from Southwestern Michigan College, Adrian College and Valparaiso University School of Law. She began working as a general practice attorney before assuming the alumni director position at her alma mater, Adrian College. It was while she was an alumni director that Marrow found her passion – asking individuals to financially support charitable causes. She became a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 2006 and has used this training to raise donations for higher education, hospice, animal welfare and older adults.
Marrow grew up in Niles, Michigan, where she still resides. Throughout her life, she has volunteered for animal welfare causes, 4-H, older adults, professional associations, and community events. She enjoys entertaining, black and white movies, quilting and learning new skills.