Connolly-Keesler to resign after 13 years at Community Foundation - October 22 2012

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OSHKOSH, WI -- After 13 years as President and CEO of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Eileen Connolly-Keesler announced Monday she will be leaving her post Nov. 15, 2012.

Under her leadership, the Community Foundation's funds have grown from $22 million to $77 million and from 80 funds to more than 650. She has broadened the reach of the Community Foundation by funding numerous community projects including the Leach Amphitheater, Pollock Community Water Park, the Oshkosh Convention Center, Oshkosh Community YMCA and initiatives such as the Oshkosh Visioning and Branding Survey and the Taking Root tree planting campaign. This year, she played a key role in the purchase and renovation of the former City Center Hotel and helped launch the Oshkosh 4 Education Initiative, a community visioning that will take place in 2013.

"I'm very pleased by what's been accomplished for Oshkosh, and so grateful to have worked with such an amazing team of employees, board members and community leaders," Connolly-Keesler said after an emotional announcement to the Board of Directors and staff of the Community Foundation on Monday morning.

"The Community Foundation will not miss a beat. It will continue to function exactly as it has by working with donors to improve the quality of life for all residents. It's an exciting time in Oshkosh to bring a new leader in."

On her departure, Connolly-Keesler will become President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Collier County in Naples, Fla., where she and her husband, Patrick, own a home.

Former Board Chair William Wyman of Oshkosh and Jack Hopkins, retired President of the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Community Foundation, will serve as interim co-presidents. The Board of Directors will begin a nationwide search for Connolly-Keesler's successor immediately.

"We are deeply saddened that Eileen, our trusted leader and friend, will no longer be here to guide us through this amazing period of growth that we've experienced at the Community Foundation," said Beth Wyman, Board Chair. "We are so proud of her, and everything that we've accomplished together, and we feel so fortunate that her leadership has put us in a position to make a significant impact on our community."

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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