Tri-C honors Tracy Oliver with distinguished service award
The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Foundation Board of Directors has awarded its 2016 Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award to Tracy Oliver, in recognition of her exemplary service to Tri-C and its students.
Oliver, a Cleveland Heights resident and director of media and local affairs for Dominion East Ohio, joined the board in 2003 and has dedicated herself to making higher education accessible to Greater Cleveland residents.
She has repeatedly championed requests from the foundation and provided opportunities for Tri-C students, particularly through grants awarded from the Dominion Higher Educational Partnership.
Oliver also has taken an active role on the board, serving in positions that have included board secretary, chair of the committee on directors, and executive committee member.
“Again and again, Tracy Oliver showed her commitment to the foundation and its mission to make a difference for Tri-C students,” said Rick Chiricosta, chairperson of the foundation board. “Her commitment to education and scholarships have improved countless lives over the years.”
The Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award was established in memory of longtime foundation board director Heath Oliver, president of Bardons & Oliver and a valuable member of the board from 1988 until his death in 2009.
Under his leadership, scholarships for Tri-C students became a fundraising priority, the foundation successfully launched its first major gifts campaign, and presidential scholarship luncheons raised significant dollars to benefit students.
The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, chartered in 1973, is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to secure funding for scholarships and educational program development and enhancement for Cuyahoga Community College.
John Horton is media relations manager at Tri-C.