Kim Russell

The Rochester College Foundation, which receives and administers funds according to donor intent for the support of Rochester College, has named Kim Russell and Ruth Stephens-Collins to its Board of Directors.

Currently, Russell is the mayor pro tem of the Rochester City Council, where she has served for more than 10 years. She also serves on the Business and Development Committee for the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, Rochester Principal Shopping District and the Paint Creek Trailways Commission.

“It is vital for our children and students to be prepared for college and future employment when they graduate, and it needs to be a priority for our

community,” Russell said. “I am honored to help these students achieve their goals through programs and initiatives, and hopefully encourage them to stay in Michigan upon graduation to use the skills they have learned in the workforce to help grow our economy.”

Ruth Stephens-Collins

Ruth Stephens-Collins

A long-time resident of the greater Rochester-area, Stephens-Collins works as a fundraising and event planning consultant. She is the former president of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation, where she oversaw fundraising operations, including coordination of capital campaigns, organization and support of the first Foundation Board, and the planning and execution of major annual fundraising events. Additionally, she has served as a board member for the Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary Executive Board, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Pride Philanthropy and Women’s Fund of Rochester.

“2017 has been a very busy and exciting year for Rochester College,” Stephens-Collins said. “I am looking forward to joining the team of this growing institution that has become so well-known and respected in our community.”

Since its inception in 2013, the Rochester College Foundation, a Michigan nonprofit corporation, has raised just under $1 million in endowment funds. Earnings from these funds are used to support the mission of Rochester College, which includes promoting quality educational programs and academic and innovative program initiatives, and to provide scholarships and awards for Rochester College students. In October 2017, the Rochester College Foundation gave $21,312.61 in support of Rochester College.