The Mid Michigan Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that Tom Olver, outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way for Gratiot and Isabella Counties, has accepted the position of Associate Vice President of the Foundation. Tom’s significant background in development and relationship-building will be of enormous value as the College Foundation expands its impact and reach.
During his six years with United Way, Olver led the successful consolidation of the organizations in Gratiot and Isabella Counties, worked with local partners to establish many grants, programs, and events, and grew the annual campaign to over $1,000,000.
“I am extremely proud of what our United Way team has accomplished,” said Olver. “And, I’m excited to start a new chapter in which I can serve Mid Michigan Community College, its Foundation, and most significantly, individuals in our communities. I truly believe that education is the key to success, and consider this work fundamentally important to our future.”
In his new role, Olver will oversee the work of the Foundation and provide leadership and vision for future development, growth, and fundraising.
Established in 1987, Mid’s Foundation leverages the power of individual gifts to support the needs of the College and its current and future students.
The Foundation helps Mid achieve its core mission to provide meaningful, accessible education that changes lives. The funds that it raises enhance services to students, provide scholarships, support new and emerging programs, and improve facilities.
The Foundation’s outreach program, Students of Promise, provides opportunities to academically promising students who face significant challenges in their lives. Through Students of Promise, seventh through twelfth graders gain cultural awareness, form significant relationships, and prepare for higher education.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to the Mid team,” said Dr. Christine Hammond, Mid’s President. “The Foundation is poised to expand its efforts, and we are confident that Tom is the person to lead those initiatives.”