A veteran of the state’s community and technical college system, Suzanne “Suzy” Ames has been named the new Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation for the Pierce College District.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity,” Ames said Thursday. “I think Pierce College is in a great position to move forward and strengthen ties between the college and the community. I’m excited to be part of the process.”
Since 2004, Ames has been the director of communications for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. She launched the first strategic, statewide communication plan for two-year colleges and worked extensively on the development and implementation of communication and marketing plans in order to secure increased financial and political resources for the entire 34-college system.
Prior to that, she worked for four years as the director of communications and marketing at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, where she earned numerous awards for her work, including the 2004 Communicator of the Year award from the National Council for Marketing
and Public Relations.
Ames’ experience, connections to the statewide college community, and energy will be vital as she steps into this new, groundbreaking position at Pierce College. As the Vice President of Advancement and the Executive Director of the Foundation, Ames will provide executive leadership, vision and strategic direction, while developing comprehensive resource and marketing campaigns and communication plans.
“Her primary objective will be to propel the college into the future, deepening our ties to the community and enhancing the educational opportunities for our students,” said Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson. “I am honored to welcome Suzy to our Pierce College team. I have the utmost confidence in her ability to bring about great change and to further us in the direction of our mission and vision.”
Ames will continue her work with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges through the end of the current legislative session. She is scheduled to begin work at Pierce College on March 31.