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Randy Rudasics to represent CMC Foundation in Steamboat

Incoming Colorado Mountain College Foundation Regional Development Officer Randy Rudasics, left, presents a signed image of CMC's Alpine Campus to retiring Regional Development Officer Jim Swiggart at his recent retirement party. Observing, and reflected in the mirror, are CMC Foundation Board Chair Bere Neas, left, and local CMC Trustee Ken Brenner. Rudasics will also continue in his role as the manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, housed at CMC.
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— Colorado Mountain College has selected Randy Rudasics to represent the CMC Foundation as its next regional development officer in Steamboat Springs.

Rudasics, who is also the manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at CMC, replaces outgoing development officer Jim Swiggart, who is retiring.

Rudasics will continue in his role with the entrepreneurship center but has stopped teaching new classes and will phase out his involvement in area committees and task forces to make time for his dual roles with the school.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to learn some new skills,” said Rudasics, who has worked at CMC since 2006 and started in the new position in mid-August.

The CMC Foundation works to increase the college’s engagement with the community, to raise money for scholarships and to manage programmatic and capital campaign donations for the school.

Rudasics is one of three regional development officers and several staff members reporting to CMC Foundation CEO Kristin Heath Colon.

Rudasics said he hopes to build on the community connections he’s already made and work to spread the word about CMC within Steamboat Springs.

“I hope to broaden my reach beyond the business community,” he said.

Retiring regional development officer Swiggart was hired in 2011 to run a capital campaign to help pay for the Alpine Campus’s new Academic Center, a $20 million project completed in 2012.

Swiggart helped to raise $2 million from local donors for the project.

“The capital campaign for the new academic building was the reason I was hired, and it was the place I was most effective,” Swiggart said. “We’re all obviously very, very proud of the product.”

Swiggart said he and Colon felt Rudasics was well suited to take over the position.

“When I sat down with our foundation’s CEO to discuss my successor, and his name was mentioned, neither she nor I could have thought of a more perfect fit,” Swiggart said.

Swiggart said he looks back fondly at his involvement with the college.

“The pleasure of helping the CMC community — staff, faculty and students — enjoy the new Academic Center was one of the most pleasant, unexpected joys of my Steamboat career,” he said.

As he settles into his new position, Rudasics said he is looking ahead to a robust awareness campaign in celebration of the school’s 50-year anniversary, which takes place over a year beginning this October.

He’s also looking forward to engaging more community partners and strengthening the foundation’s scholarship offerings for students.

“I want to help deserving young people get to college,” Rudasics said.

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