New Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Community College of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13, 2010 —Marsha M. Ray brings 20 years of fundraising experience to Community College of Philadelphia starting today as the new vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the College’s Foundation.

As vice president for Institutional Advancement, Ray will be both strategically and operationally responsible for all fundraising for the College, building on the continued success of the College’s ongoing fundraising efforts. Previously, she was associate vice president for Campaign Programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

She is a veteran fundraiser, having worked for both higher education and nonprofit institutions, including Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and the Wyck Association, a nonprofit that advocates and raises funds for a national historic, Quaker house museum and garden in Germantown.

Ray comes at a time when the College is seeking to raise $10 million through its first capital campaign, "Expanding Possibilities: The Campaign for Community College of Philadelphia," for student scholarships and to help pay for $87 million in ongoing capital improvements at the College’s Main Campus and Northeast Regional Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

"We are delighted to welcome Marsha Ray to the College family during such an important period in the College’s history. Her substantial knowledge and experience in fundraising are great assets as the College embarks on its first capital campaign," said Stephen M. Curtis, president of Community College of Philadelphia.

At its Main Campus, the College is building the Pavilion, a 45,000-square-foot facility that will house the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program, high-tech laboratory space, a welcome center, a new dining commons and attractive meeting spaces for classes and corporate training programs. The Main Campus expansion also will include renovations to the College’s Bonnell, West and Mint buildings, all of which are located on 17th and Spring Garden streets.

At the Northeast Regional Center, the College is building a beautiful three-story building that will offer an array of new and expanded programs, a one-stop student services center and resources for local businesses. The expansion project also will include numerous renovations to the existing building located at 12901 Townsend Road.

Both the Main Campus and Northeast Regional Center construction projects are using the latest in environmentally friendly building techniques and are expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designations from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.
In her new position, Ray will represent the College externally to diverse constituencies and work directly with the College’s leading major gift prospects. She also will work with the board of the College’s Foundation, comprised primarily of prominent Philadelphia business and professional leaders and members of the College’s Board of Trustees.

At George Mason University, Ray was responsible for providing strategic leadership and directing all phases of the university’s multi-year, $300 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to George Mason, she was the assistant dean for Development and Alumni Relations at Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts from 2004 to 2008, where she directed a $35 million comprehensive campaign. From 2002 to 2004, she was major gift officer for the University of Pennsylvania. She also was previously director of development for the Morris Arboretum.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.