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Bishop to lead Foundation

A seasoned fundraising professional has arrived at Columbus State Community College to oversee the Columbus State Foundation. Pam Vogel Bishop began her role Feb. 18 as the foundation's new executive director.

Pam Vogel BishopThe foundation is responsible for planning, acquiring and distributing charitable gifts to support the college's strategic goals and priorities, including scholarships to students.

Bishop literally moved down the street from BalletMet where she has served as its Director of Development since 2004. During her tenure, she and her team raised more than $2 million annually for BalletMet. She also established a planned giving society and, in 2010, launched a $1.2 million campaign to maintain operations during the economic downturn.

During the transition to her new role, Bishop said, "I am eager to begin working with Columbus State President David Harrison, the Foundation Board of Directors, and college and community leaders to create a new model for philanthropic support that will advance the mission of Columbus State and, ultimately, help students succeed."

Bishop's previous experience includes positions with the Columbus College of Art & Design and Children's Hunger Alliance. She has a bachelor's degree in dance from Western Michigan University.

As the Columbus State Foundation Executive Director, Bishop will oversee all charitable giving to the college and coordinate the annual Taste the Future culinary event. Last summer, that single event raised more than $100,000 for student scholarships.