LBCC Foundation executive director

Elizabeth McCann

The Long Beach City College Foundation — a nonprofit organization providing money for student scholarships and other things — has appointed a new executive director.

Elizabeth McCann, a third-generation Long Beach native, was appointed April 28 and begins her work on May 16.

She will report to the LBCC Foundation board. In her new role, she will oversee and direct parts of the foundation, including fundraising, operations, outreach to the community and management of staff and consultants. She also will work closely with the board of governors, LBCC president Eloy Ortiz Oakley and LBCC administration. The foundation is independent from LBCC and administered by the foundation’s board of governors and executive committee.

“Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience in education and fundraising and a strong commitment to the Long Beach community,” Foundation Board of Governors President Barry McDaniel said in a release. “The board of governors is very pleased to welcome her to the foundation and we look forward to the vision she brings to our organization.”

“Elizabeth has demonstrated an impressive track record of developing and implementing successful, innovative campaigns,” Oakley said in a release. “Her experience and skills will be tremendously valuable to the foundation’s mission of supporting our students.”

Prior to her appointment, McCann was vice president of development at Girls Incorporated of Orange County. She also worked at the University of Southern California in various capacities, including assistant dean for development in student affairs, president’s event manager in the office of protocol and events, associate director of development at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and event coordinator/administrative director for the office of development and public affairs in the Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

She also was director of development for major gifts at California State University, Long Beach, between stints at USC.

McCann succeeds longtime executive director Dr. Virginia Baxter, who retires June 30. Baxter will continue to serve as an elected member of the LBCC district board of trustees.

“I want to build on all the great work Ginny has done, and help take the foundation and the college to new heights,” McCann said in a release. “I’m so proud to be working in my own community and thrilled to be able to support education, something that I am passionate about.”

She is a volunteer for the Junior League of Long Beach and has served with the Junior Leagues of California and the Long Beach League for John Tracy Clinic. She earned her bachelor’s in arts, English and American studies from USC, as well as her master’s in public administration.

For more information, visit www.lbcc.edu/foundation.

Emily Thornton can be reached at ethornton@gazettes.com.

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Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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