Learey Retirement Announced

Garrett College and the Garrett College Foundation today announced the impending retirement of Director of Development and Foundation Executive Director Fred Learey, to take place at the close of the current academic year.

As the College’s Director of Development, Learey works with the president to expand and enhance alumni and community relations. As Executive Director of the Foundation, he provides administrative leadership for the separate non-profit corporation established to further the educational mission of Garrett College. The Foundation’s fundraising activity supports scholarships, special programs and capital projects.

A longtime member of the Foundation Board and a former College administrator, Fred Learey was appointed to the joint position in September 2010 at a time of institutional transition. President Richard MacLennan had recently arrived at the College and former interim president Jeanne Neff had been elected as a member and Chair of the Foundation Board.

Since then Learey has worked with MacLennan to make the College more visible and to emphasize impact of the College in its community. “Fred’s long experience in Garrett County has helped me to understand its culture and to connect early on with community leaders,” said MacLennan. He also praised Learey’s work in developing a community support mechanism for the Joan and Bill Crawford “I Can Swim!” program at the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex that is entering its second year.

Learey has partnered with Neff to modernize the Foundation’s organizational structure, increase Board membership and meet increasingly ambitious fundraising targets. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the opportunity arose to refinance the Foundation’s debt on the Laker Hall student residence and Learey served as liaison between the Foundation Board and representatives of lender banks. “Without Fred in his role, we could not have gotten this done in time and as successfully,” said Neff.

She noted further that Learey has overseen the establishment of the President’s Circle of donors who give more than $1,000 each year to the College through the Foundation and has laid the groundwork for a reinvigorated alumni association, with a special “homecoming” reception planned during Autumn Glory weekend.

A search will be conducted jointly by the College and the Foundation for Learey’s successor, to begin in the Fall semester with an appointment envisioned in the late Spring.