HARRISBURG – Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, has been named vice president of college advancement at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College by the Board of Trustees.
As a member of the college’s leadership team, Carter will work directly with HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D., and other members of the college executive cabinet in strategic planning and budgeting of college resources. She will oversee the HACC Foundation and advertising, alumni affairs, community relations, fundraising, grants, graphic design, marketing, public relations, publications and special events.
The appointment is effective March 12.
“Dr. Carter brings more than 17 years of experience and a track record for success in institutional advancement. I am pleased that she will join HACC as the college moves forward to better serve our Central Pennsylvania students, community and employers,” Sygielski said.
“Her leadership skills, unparalleled work ethic and passion for community colleges will complement our core strengths and be a catalyst for meeting the challenges of educating the work force of the 21st century,” he added.
Carter said, “The year 2012 is already off to a great start! It is truly an honor being named the vice president of college advancement at HACC. My husband and I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Ski’s inauguration in October 2011. We enjoyed meeting employees, donors and other supporters; learning about the innovative programs for which HACC is known; and experiencing the diversity of the area. On our drive home, my husband and I talked about how warm and friendly everyone was. Our first impression of the College was incredibly positive. Two months later, when I learned that the vice president of college advancement position was available, I asked myself, ‘How could I possibly not apply for this position?’ Also, Dr. Ski is an exceptional leader, and I will enjoy working with him.”
Carter currently is vice president of institutional advancement at Halifax Community College in Weldon, N.C. Her previous appointments include vice president of college advancement at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia (2005-09) and director of institutional advancement at John Tyler Community College, also in Virginia (2000-04). She also served as executive director of the foundations at each of the institutions.
In addition, Carter was assistant professor of public relations at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C. (2010-11) and adjunct faculty member in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond (2000-01). She previously was public relations manager and community affairs coordinator of the Richmond (Va.) Metropolitan Authority.
Carter earned a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership in 2009 from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. She earned a master’s degree in mass communications (media management) in 1998 and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications (public relations) in 1992, both from VCU. She earned the prestigious Accredited in Public Relations designation in 2000 from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Her many professional and community memberships include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., PRSA, VCU Alumni Association and VCU African-American Alumni Council.
She is a state delegate to Vision 2020, Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership and an election official in Shenandoah County, Va. In addition, Carter is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and is involved in several college and community service organizations.