Kenneth G. Cooper, director of the Cosumnes River College Foundation in Sacramento for the last eight years, has been named executive director of the Las Positas College Foundation.
He succeeds Ted Kaye, who has retired.
Cooper was hired by the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District board of trustees after a national search and at the recommendation of Barry Russell, Las Positas College president.
"I am very excited about the depth of experience that Mr. Cooper has in raising funds for community colleges," Russell said. "He is the perfect person and will quickly become an integral member of the campus and the community."
Cooper has eight years experience in community college fundraising as director of advancement and executive director of the Cosumnes River College Foundation. During his time, he increased the annual fund participation rate by 24%, was responsible for a 58% growth in foundation net assets and established new scholarship endowments and increased investments in existing endowments.
He was also responsible for leading a capital campaign that raised $1 million in contributions, the largest ever to the college.
"I'm very excited about joining the Las Positas College family," Cooper said. "The campus and the Tri-Valley area are hubs for innovation and excellence."
He added: "The LPC Foundation has done incredible work in attracting resources in support of student success, innovation and excellence, and I look forward to serving this dynamic college and foundation board."
Prior to his work at Cosumnes River College, Cooper served the Sacramento City Unified School District as a specialist and healthy start coordinator. He has also served as a site and education director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento.
Cooper is a member of the Network of California Community College Foundations, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley chapter.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in African American and African Studies from the UC Davis.