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Providing Keys to Opportunities for students and the community through educational excellence at Lake Region State College.

Assisting the college with scholarship support and recruiting activities continue to be key priorities for the Foundation. In addition, the Community College Foundation receives and administers private gifts, bequests and donations to benefit LRSC’s students and to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at the college. Gifts to the Foundation support programs and activities not funded through traditional sources. The Foundation provides assistance to donors through a comprehensive program of tax-wise gifting strategies and planned giving initiatives.
  The Community College Foundation assists Lake Region State College and the advancement of public higher education by broadening the base of support and communication with private donors and public agencies. Through friend-raising, advocacy, and fundraising efforts, the Foundation works to sustain and strengthen the College.
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The Community College Foundation is governed by Board of Directors with 27 volunteer members, each serving 3 year terms. Individuals who make gifts to the Foundation are considered members and are thereby qualified to seek a seat on the Board of Directors. An election is held each fall to fill vacancies. Anyone interested in learning more about board service is encouraged to contact the Foundation office.
2015 Foundation Board of Directors - elected



Jeff Wahl, CCF President
Lake Chevrolet

Chad Peterson, CCF Vice President
Bremer Bank

Annette Hofstad, CCF Secretary
Nurse, Retired
  Annette Hofstad 
Doug Mohr, CCF Treasurer
Ramsey National Bank and Trust, Company

LeeAnn Johnston, CCF Immediate Past President
Dairy Queen, Anytime Fitness

Deb Anderson
Summers Manufacturing
Arne Berg
Farmer, past Ramsey County Commissioner

Sarah Burdick
Daniels & Burdick, CPA

Lexie Dion
I.F. LaFleur and Son

Tammy Fischer
Citizens Community Credit Union

Tim Greene
Otter Tail Power Company 

Jill Hanson
Thrivent Financial

Trish Hanson
Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Denise Hornstein
First State Bank of Munich

Jan Kurtz
North Dakota Telephone Company

Frank Mack
Leevers Foods

Roger Mertens

Kathy Miller
Nodak Mutual Insurance

Darwin Peterson
Retired, Farmers Union Insurance

Tony Prozinski
Ramsey National Bank

Brian Quam
Butler Machinery Co.            

Fred Rance
Farmer, Alumnus

Christy Remmick
Rilos and Mimi

Brenda Swenseth
Retired, North Dakota Telephone Service

Kevin Vistad
State Farm Insurance            

Janet Westlind
Community Leader

Mike Yoder
Decorated Wearables


2015 Foundation Board of Directors - Ex Officio
Doug Darling, President
Lake Region State College
Joe Kittell, Faculty Representative
Lake Region State College
Daniel Mertens, Athletic Director
Lake Region State College
Randy Olson, Chair
LRSC Booster Club
Scott Privratsky, Superintendent
Devils Lake Public Schools
Paula Vistad, Executive Director
Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Laurel Goulding

Vice President for College Advancement - LRSC
Executive Director - Community College Foundation




Dianne Gunderson

Publications, Research and Records Management - Community College Foundation





Jessica Hjelden

Records - Community College Foundation



Melana Howe

Grant Writer



Corry Kenner

Vice President for Administrative Services - LRSC
Assistant Treasurer - Community College Foundation




Bobbi Lunday

Assistant to the President - LRSC
Assistant Secretary - Community College Foundation



Sarah Smith-Warren

Public Information



Katie Thomas

Public Affairs and Events Coordinator




Erin Wood

Director of Development and Community Relations




History of Lake Region State College

Devils Lake Junior College and Business School was established in 1941 with F.H. Gilliland, Superintendent of the Devils Lake Public School District, leading the effort. With encouragement from Gilliland and other school district leaders, Legislator, J. Traynor sponsored legislation to enable ND communities of 5,000 (minimum), such as Devils Lake, to establish local colleges and receive state support. The college in Devils Lake opened with 38 registered students. The Pershing Building, an aging facility (circa 1915) once the community's high school, became home-base for the new college. Its first full-time employee was Professor H.L. Woll, who served as registrar, recruiter and business instructor. The colleges first graduates (1942) were Katherine Genevieve Kearney and Margaret Lovelle Woll. (Historical Highlights PDF)

View Lake Region State College's past College Leadership.
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History of the Community College Foundation

The Community College Foundation was incorporated in 1959, 18 years after Lake Region State College was launched. Both the foundation and college started with different names but their missions have endured. The Foundation's mission is to strengthen the college; the college’s mission is to serve the educational and cultural needs of the greater Lake Region and the state of North Dakota. Through the years, collaboration between the Foundation and College has helped Lake Region State College to persevere in difficult times, and to thrive and grow as challenges were overcome.
The Foundation continues today under the name, Lake Region Community College Foundation of Devils Lake and is registered as a North Dakota non-profit organization. The Foundation also maintains 501(c)(3) status as a charitable, non-profit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Community College Foundation

"Providing Keys to Opportunities for Students"

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, evenings and weekends by appointment
Telephone: (701) 662-1520