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WVC Foundation Executive Director Jan Petrie retires; reception set for July 29

A reception to honor Jan Petrie, who is retiring as executive director of the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation after more than 15 years of service, will be held Wednesday, July 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Van Tassell Center Campus Cafe on the Wenatchee campus.

Refreshments will be served at the reception. People who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday, July 24, by calling 682.6410 or e-mailing tparkinson@wvc.edu.

"It has been a pleasure for me to work with a true professional in the area of fund-raising and philanthropy," said Connie Bean of East Wenatchee, president of the WVC Foundation Board.

"She has earned a great deal of respect from donors and board members through her high ethical standards and high expectations."

The foundation support staff will remain in place, and the WVC Foundation Board is in the process of reviewing the executive director position. WVC President Jim Richardson will take on some of the foundation executive director duties during the staffing transition.

"We appreciate Jan's dedicated service over the years," said Richardson. "She worked hard in seeking community support for the college, from building endowments to helping students through scholarships. She delighted in sharing stories about the accomplishments of our students."

Bean noted Petrie's superb skills in events planning, especially the annual Winetasia fund-raiser, as among her accomplishments. "Winetasia has developed as a premier event in our valley," she said.

Since joining the WVC Foundation in January 1994, Petrie worked to increase scholarships to students and build support for college programs, including the nursing program through the community Nurses for Tomorrow campaign.

She assisted in the process to purchase the former Eagles' property on Ninth Street for the college's music and art program, and hosted an annual scholarship reception giving donors and scholarship students the opportunity to meet.

She helped the foundation raise $700,000 for a new computer technology center, and worked with the college in selling three building technology program houses. She chaired a campus beautification committee to improve the Wenatchee campus grounds.

"She often worked quietly behind the scenes to support students and faculty and staff," said Bean. "She was passionate in her desire to give students opportunities to improve their lives and follow their dreams."




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