May 17, 2010

New Foundation director

Pam Thomsen of Brainerd has been named the Central Lakes College Director of Resource Development and Foundation. She replaces the retiring Diane Scearcy, who has been with the Foundation since 1999, the past 10 years as director, and worked at Central Lakes College for 21 years. Like Scearcy, Thomsen is a CLC graduate (1980). She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University. She has been an accounting instructor at CLC since 2001 and before that served as director of the Small Business Development Center (1993-2001). Her first post at CLC was as a small business instructor in 1987. Thomsen has experience in non-profit organizations as a board member and executive officer. Under Scearcy’s direction, the CLC Foundation greatly increased its endowment count and volume with assets of more than $4 million and annual fund-raising of $300,000 to $350,000. During the 2009-2010 academic year about 400 CLC students received a total of $266,800 in scholarships and Random Acts of Kindness aid from the Foundation.