Dobbs is a Rising Star in his field

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Corey Dobbs recognized for his contributions to alumni relations


Corey Dobbs is a development specialist in annual giving and alumni relations at Clark College Foundation

Corey Dobbs, a development specialist, is a 2021 Rising Star

Corey Dobbs ’16, a development specialist in annual giving and alumni relations at Clark College Foundation, is a Rising Star in the alumni relations field for 2021.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in District 8 announced the award on April 12, 2021. CASE acknowledges professionals who demonstrate potential for leadership within institutional advancement as part of their annual Rising Star recognition. These individuals also exhibit enthusiasm with a spirit of volunteer service within educational fundraising.

“I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if it wasn’t for the incredible support I received from the school that not only changed my life but saved it,” said Dobbs. “Growing up in a small town, I didn’t expect to be able to work for such an incredible institution, nor would my work have such an impact. A giant thank you to every single person who has supported me and continues to do so on my journey.”

“The recognition by CASE District 8 as the Rising Star in alumni relations is indeed very timely and most deserving. This award reflects the contributions that Corey makes daily to Clark College Foundation in so many ways. Those who work with Corey know his unwavering commitment to all that’s associated and affiliated with Clark. He is a valuable asset to the organization. For all he does, he makes us proud, and we are fortunate to have him on the team,” said Ed Boston, director of alumni relations.

Dobbs, 30, of Washougal, Wash., joined Clark College Foundation in 2017 as a student phonation caller, a program he later managed. In 2019, he was promoted to his current position providing support to annual giving, alumni relations and communications.

While a student at Clark College, Dobbs received a scholarship from Clark College Foundation to complete his GED. He subsequently earned his associate degree. Academics was not a part of Dobbs’ life plan originally.

“I had three jobs by the time I was 18, and I felt like that was the best I would achieve. Then I lost all three jobs and was on the verge of homelessness. I was on unemployment benefits and struggling to find anyone to interview me. I was losing hope,” he said.

He has since thrived and has helped the foundation increase alumni engagement, reimagine events and tasks through virtual platforms, beef up interactions on social media and assist with new fundraising campaigns.

CASE District 8 represents the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Members are located in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and Canada in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and the Northwest territories of Nunavut, Saskatchewan and Yukon.

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