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AACC Appoints 2 Edgewater Women to Lead Grants Initiatives

The college's institutional advancement division is geared at gathering more grants for the college.

The following release was issued to Patch by the Anne Arundel Community College's media relations department.

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) selected two Edgewater women and another woman from Severna Park to lead the college’s institutional advancement, development and grants initiatives.

Kathleen E. Bolton of Severna Park was appointed as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the AACC Foundation, Inc. In this role she is responsible for providing innovative leadership and direction for the Offices of Institutional Advancement and Sponsored Programs which seek private and public sector funding to enhance the college’s educational endeavors.

Gretchen Tomkies of Edgewater has been named director of development, the lead major gift officer for the foundation, which raises private sector funds from individuals, corporations and foundations to support students and college programs.

Debi Mercado, also of Edgewater, has been named director of sponsored programs, leading the college’s efforts to secure grants that support students and college programs.

Prior to her appointment, Bolton had been serving in the executive director role on an interim basis, while also leading the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Tomkies also had been working in her new role as the interim director while also serving as an assistant director of business partnerships.

Mercado, who has coordinated grants with Bolton in the Office of Sponsored Programs for several years, will provide leadership in the pursuit and management of grants.

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