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The Community Foundation of the Ozarks drew a large crowd today for the announcement of its new president. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes was there and reports.
A room filled with anticipation and anxious chatter was quickly quieted as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks board chairman Dr. Tom Prater stepped up to announce that Brian Fogle is taking the place of former CFO president Gary Funk. Funk joined the CFO in 1999 and has served as president for the last seven years.
Fogle is extremely involved with the community, serving on many boards including The Kitchen and Urban Districts Alliance. He says he was raised to love his community.
“You know my love of community and feeling a responsibility for it really comes from inheriting that from my dad and from my mom,” said Fogle.
Fogle is the third president in CFO's history since the first professional staff members were hired in 1988. The CFO now holds assets of more than 145 million dollars and has offices in Springfield, Carthage and West Plains. More than 15 million dollars in grants and distributions were made in 2009 from the foundation.
Funk, CFO’s former president, will be staying on for the next year as a fellow to work on the Rural Schools Partnership Program and assist in the transition.
For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.