Former Oshkosh mayor to lead Foundation during CEO search - September 28 2015

OSHKOSH, WI - Former Oshkosh Mayor Burk Tower will step in to lead the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation during its search for a permanent president/chief executive officer.

Tower, retired faculty member and administrator of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will begin as interim president and CEO on Oct. 5.

"We believe Burk is an outstanding resource to support the efforts of the Foundation in our community," said Mark Lasky, president of the Board of Directors. "The Foundation is strong and is positioned as a leader in many community initiatives. We're confident that because of Burk's leadership experience and the relationships he has built through his past work, that he will be a great advocate and liaison while we continue our search for a permanent CEO."

Tower was elected to the Oshkosh City Council in 2004 and served six terms, including two as Mayor. He ended his run in city politics in April. He served as interim dean for the UWO College of Business from 2008 to 2010, and has served as assistant dean, associate dean, department chair, faculty development director and director of Graduate Programs. He retired from UWO in 2010.

"I am honored to have been provided another opportunity to work with others to leverage community assets in an effort to make Oshkosh the best place it can be to live, work and play," Tower said.

"The Foundation has a rich history of having a positive impact on individual lives, enhancing the quality of life throughout the Oshkosh area and helping to solve difficult local issues. I will do my best to work with the Foundation team to help maintain the Foundation's forward momentum gained under previous leadership and ensure that the organization is well positioned for the future under the new president and CEO."

Diane Abraham, the Foundation's third president and CEO in its 87-year history, has resigned the position effective Oct. 9. The Board of Directors is searching for her permanent replacement.

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Founded in 1928, the Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with more than $102 million in assets and more than 770 charitable funds. During its last fiscal year ending June 30, it received more than $10 million in gifts and granted out more than $5.67 million to support charitable causes.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation serves the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.

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