Who We Are

The Hocking College Foundation was incorporated on October 21, 1992 to solicit private support enabling Hocking College to achieve and maintain a measure of excellence and to undertake development programs to enhance the college's educational and public service mission.

The Hocking College Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, responsible for the coordination of philanthropic and fundraising initiatives within the private sector and external support for the college's programs, students, faculty, and staff. The college communicates directly with the Officers and the Board of the Foundation describing the needs and goals of the college so that the efforts of the Foundation will be compatible with college purposes.

As a not-for-profit corporation, Hocking College Foundation is committed to the best practices in governance, accountability, and transparency in all that we do.

Mission & Vision

The Hocking College Foundation promotes community awareness, builds and nurtures meaningful relationships, and connects community partners with giving opportunities that fulfill their philanthropic objectives while advancing the mission of Hocking College.

The Hocking College Foundation will develop a culture of philanthropy to meet the resource needs of Hocking College in its pursuit of excellence in education and the advancement of economic development, workforce development and quality of life for the communities it serves. This will be accomplished through the development of a broad base of individual, corporate, and foundation support. As a result we will have a sustained private sector program that will continue to nurture the college in perpetuity.

Foundation Board of Directors

Hocking College Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors that is comprised of alumni, local business leaders, and others who are committed to advancing educational opportunities for students. The board provides advice and counsel on a broad range of policy and operational matters and exercises overall responsibility for the programs and direction of the Foundation. Board members, who are elected to serve three-year terms, observe and annually sign the Foundation's conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.

Foundation Board Values

  1. Strong stewardship of donor resources
  2. Maintaining the highest ethical standards
  3. Upholding excellent principles of practice
  4. Transparency in management
  5. Seeking entrepreneurial opportunities through innovative practices
  6. Dedication to regional growth and development

Foundation Board Purpose

The Foundation Board has both the duty and the authority to (a) establish and nurture private sector relationships, and (b) acquire financial resources to advance the college’s vision and mission in support of the college’s strategic needs, including:

  1. Strategic Enrollment
  2. Business and Industry Partnerships
  3. Alternative Revenue Generation
  4. Student Success
  5. Workforce Development
  6. Instructional Excellence
  7. Curricular Relevance

Billie Handa, Executive Director

Kevin Dotson, Secretary

Nelsonville City Council President

Gina Fetty, Treasurer

Hocking College VP of Financial Services

Karl Gebhardt

Alumnus / Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Cathy Kerns, Vice Chair

Alumna / Logan-Hocking School District

Ben Mitchell

Akzo Nobel Inc./Hocking College Board of Trustees

Theresa Porter

Mark Porter Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC

Jim Rogers, Chair

Reed & Baur Insurance

Robert "Lee" Shafer

Alumnus / The Boeing Company / N.A.T.O. (veteran)

Seth Teicher

Epstein Teicher Philanthropies

Dr. Betty Young

Hocking College President