COM welcomes new VP for institutional advancement

Posted on: October 01, 2013

College of the Mainland is pleased to announce that Mary Ann Amelang has returned to the college in the newly created role of vice president for institutional advancement. Amelang first came to COM in 1999 as executive director of resource development and later served for seven years at Lee College in Baytown as executive director of institutional advancement.

“We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to bring Mary Ann Amelang back to College of the Mainland. She has a wealth of knowledge about fundraising, grant writing and foundations and is recognized nationally for her skills in these areas,” said COM President Beth Lewis.

“Moreover, she has a passion for community colleges, especially COM. Her attitude is always positive, and she sees the potential in everyone. People who worked with her in the past at COM are very pleased to be able to work with her again, and those of us who have only recently gotten to know her feel blessed that she has returned to share her talents with us. I am confident that she is the right person to invigorate the COM Foundation and establish a strong institutional advancement division for the college.”

Amelang brings more than 25 years of experience in community relations and resource development. While working as a grant writing consultant, Amelang secured a $21 million Department of Housing and Urban Development grant for homeless services for the Harris County-City of Houston Coalition. She has written numerous successful proposals for nonprofit and educational institutions throughout the Houston-Galveston area, including Space Center Houston. She also served for three years on the board of the Council for Resource Development.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  
COM created Amelang’s new role in part as cost-saving measure as Amelang assumes the responsibilities of previous directors of marketing and communications and the COM Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to COM students and maintains relationships with COM alumni.
Amelang plans to focus on increasing the college’s partnerships with alumni, nonprofits and businesses in the Gulf Coast area. She will also employ her previous experience as she pursues grants to support COM programs, students and facilities. The role is one that reductions in state funding of community colleges during the past decade have increased in importance.
“I think that the time is right for COM to reach new heights. It’s a wonderful time to be here as the college approaches its 50th anniversary of service,” Amelang said.

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