Beverly Grova - a longtime fundraiser in and around Monterey Bay and the Salinas Valley - has been named dean of advancement and development at Hartnell College.
She also will serve as executive director of the Hartnell College Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises private monies for the college.
"I will be working with the foundation and an expanded group of community leaders to identify the needs of the college that can be best addressed by private funding," she said. "Then we will work to raise the resources to address those needs, whether it's scholarships, equipment, facilities, or programs," Grova explained.
Commenting on her appointment, Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau said, "Hartnell College has critical needs that state funding does not address. Beverly Grova comes to the college with a proven record of successful fundraising and is deeply committed to the American tradition of philanthropy. With an endowment of $2 million, the foundation has a good basis on which to move forward. We are confident Ms. Grova will advance the foundation to the next level."
Having worked in philanthropy for 28 years, she was executive director of development at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), and Cabrillo College as well as the National Steinbeck Center.
Some of the fundraising projects she has been involved with include the agriculture wing of the National Steinbeck Center, the new science building at CSUMB, restoration of the historic Porter Sesnon house at Cabrillo College, the Baskin Childcare Center at Cabrillo College, and the Rebele Family Homeless Shelter in Santa Cruz.
Grova said that education has been woven through every organization at which she has worked. "I believe the Salinas Valley is exceptional in regard to the generosity of the people that live and work here. There is a deep sense of community here, and Hartnell College - with its 85 years of history - is certainly at the core of that sense of community."
For more information, call Beverly Grova at (831) 755-6810.