College district auxiliary director is retiring

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) has announced the retirement of Stan Schroeder, director of the GCCCD Auxiliary, the nonprofit organization that solicits and administers grants and contracts on behalf of the district and its two colleges. In the past 10 years, the auxiliary has brought in more than $55 million to the college district, 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 auxiliary currently administers about $7 million in grant projects that benefit the colleges and community, such as workforce training programs that have assisted hundreds of people, many of whom are laid-off workers hard hit by the recession. The auxiliary 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. It has also provided short-term support, such as handling donations for students and employees who faced losses from the 2003 firestorms, and managing the costs for Grossmont College’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration that began in 2011.
Former Cuyamaca College budget analyst Sara Suter has been named in Schroeder’s replacement to oversee the administration of the auxiliary.