After nine years as East Central College Foundation’s executive director, Shannon Grus will depart over the winter break to join State Technical College as its new vice president of advancement.
ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer said Grus’ shoes will be hard to fill. He said the dedication and work Grus puts into the position has been a driving force behind the college’s many initiatives and advancement.
“She’s done a terrific job for ECC and the Foundation,” Bauer said. “She’ll be very difficult to replace because of the work she’s done. She’s always professional and very dedicated. It’s going to be a big hole to fill and I’ll miss working with her.”
The Foundation works to support the growth and development of ECC through fundraising and soliciting tax deductible gifts, which are managed for the benefit of the college and its students.
Grus’ duties as director of the nonprofit 501(c)3 organization are to coordinate Foundation fundraisers, supervise scholarships and many other programs, and manage the operations of the organization.
During Grus’ time as director, the Foundation roughly doubled the amount of scholarships it offers, solicited the largest donation ever in the college’s history for the new career and technical center, and created the annual ECC Falcon Invitational Golf Tournament, as well as many other accomplishments.
Grus said working to improve the academic lives of students at East Central, through fundraising, scholarships and otherwise, has been rewarding work. She said she will miss the community at ECC.
“I’ve loved my time here,” she said. “East Central will always be a part of who I am. I’m excited by the opportunity, but it will be difficult to move on.”
Grus graduated from Rockhurst University in 1989 and since has worked for several nonprofit organizations, including as program coordinator of the Franklin County Area United Way. She also has served as the mayor of Rosebud for nearly 12 years.
Grus’ will begin working with State Technical College after the new year. She will be responsible for overseeing work on several initiatives for the college and the college’s fundraising and advancement.
“I’m going to miss all the people and all of the relationships I’ve built in the community,” Grus said.
Bauer said the position will be advertised and a search committee formed to review applicants after the first of the year. He said in the meantime the Foundation’s day-to-day operations will continue.