Centralia College has named Christine Fossett the new director of the Centralia College Foundation. Fossett will replace longtime foundation director Julia Johnson, who will retire June 1.
Fossett, a Centralia College graduate, has been a member of the Centralia College Foundation board since 2009. She has been board president since September 2016.
“I am very excited to expand my role from serving on the foundation board to working full time for the benefit of the college, students and faculty,” said Fossett. “I feel very passionate about leading a team to generate funds that will assist students in achieving their educational goals. Education and technical training plays such an important role in improving the quality of people’s lives and I am happy to get to play a part in that.”
In addition to her work on the Centralia College Foundation board, Fossett previously served on the boards for the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce, the Lewis Economic Development Council, and the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Publishers Association. She has also assisted with projects for United Way, the Chehalis Foundation, and Business Week.
“What Christine brings to the table are strong management skills and community connections, and a deep understanding of the relationship between the college and the foundation,” explained Steve Ward, vice president of finance and administration, and executive director of the Centralia College Foundation. “The connections she’s fostered in this community mirror those of the foundation, so she’ll come up to speed quickly and start working hard to support the college and its students.”
Fossett earlier this month resigned as chief operating officer of Lafromboise Communications and publisher of The Chronicle newspaper in Centralia. She worked for The Chronicle for 30 years, starting as a sales rep in 1988 and working her way up to publisher and COO.
Fossett will officially start her position as foundation director Monday. She said she’s eager to get started.
“The staff for the foundation and the foundation board have accomplished a great deal in raising funds for scholarships, staff awards and new buildings,” she said. “I plan to work with my team and the foundation board to continue the projects in the works and to further expand in our community in order to make even more scholarships available for the next generation of students.”