The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has named experienced fundraiser Sally Cox as its new Auxiliary executive director, a position responsible for securing and managing millions of dollars in grants each year.
“I am so excited to be part of a great team of professionals and students,” Cox said. “Community colleges provide critically needed opportunities for students from a wide variety of backgrounds to expand their horizons. Hopefully, my work will provide opportunities for more students to participate in higher education and those students will have exciting opportunities at the district that will help them to achieve their educational dreams.”
The Auxiliary has secured more than $55 million for the college district over the past decade, averaging about 50 grant agreements annually to bolster college programs. For example, a three-year, $3.5 million regional grant awarded in 2004 by the state Chancellor’s Office helped pay for $100,000 high-tech, lifelike mannequins used in lab classes at Grossmont College’s Nursing and Allied Health Program.
The district’s Auxiliary currently administers about $7 million in grant projects that benefit the colleges and community, such as workforce training programs, and also manages fiscal operations for the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, formed in 2011 as the philanthropic partner and fundraiser for the two colleges.
“We are thrilled to have someone as motivated and as experienced as Sally Cox to lead our Auxiliary,” district Chancellor Cindy Miles said. “She is a leader in her field who understands how to successfully manage and grow an organization and has an impressive resume in writing, securing and implementing more than $45 million in grant funding over the years.”
Cox lives in Santee with her husband and two children. She most recently served as a fundraiser for The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in San Diego. She previously was the executive director at San Diego County Crime Stoppers.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a team that is making a difference in our community,” Cox said.