Statement issued Tuesday:
Following a national search, Questa Foundation for Education announced today that Marc Levy has been appointed Executive Director.
“Well known as an effective leader in this region, Mr. Levy brings ability and experience that will enhance our organization’s impact. Under his direction, Questa will continue its expansion and deepen its ability to distribute even greater financial assistance to the students of northeast Indiana,” said Board President Kathy Friend.
Receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Community Services and Public Affairs, Levy went on to complete his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and Community Planning. In addition, Levy has completed coursework in the Post Master’s/Ph.D. Economic and Community Development program at the University of Michigan.
“The goal of increasing the opportunity for further education beyond high school and being prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century connects individual development with economic development. This is essential for communities and the entire northeast Indiana region if it is to thrive and have employment that sustains a quality of life,” commented Levy.
Since 1985, Levy has led United Way organizations in California, Iowa, Ohio, and Oregon, as well as serving as the President and CEO of United Way of Allen County from 1994 through 2002. The United Way of Allen County won several awards under his leadership, including the National Diversity Award in 2002, Best Practice in Diversity Award in 2000, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in January of 2000. His performance reflected five consecutive years of total campaign growth, leadership giving and participation rates and included many community initiatives that yielded significant progress in addressing critical needs.
In his most recent position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Columbia-Willamette, Portland, Oregon, Levy established the Community Relief Fund, which raised more than two million dollars to help feed and shelter families and individuals in need. He also chaired the Cradle to Career Task Force, a community collaboration focused on increasing graduation rates and closing the educational gap. Portland Business Journal named Levy among the top 20 local leaders whose accomplishments “will set the economic tone for years to come.”
Prior to accepting the position at Questa, Levy and his wife, Susan Eisenhauer, had decided to move back to Fort Wayne, citing the quality of our community as their primary motivation for returning. “It was our choice to be here because the people are exceptional,” Levy commented. “I am so excited to contribute in meaningful ways to the foundation and to the youth of our community,” he added.
“We are so fortunate to have attracted someone of Marc’s caliber to our organization,” said Interim Executive Director Kathleen Randolph. “We know that through his enthusiastic leadership, more students will be able to attend and graduate college and move forward as citizens who make a difference,” she remarked.
Questa Foundation for Education assists Indiana students with college loans to increase college attainment and talent retention in northeast Indiana. In recent years, the foundation has expanded from Allen County into DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, and Whitley counties and has created strategic partnerships with area colleges and universities in the region.
Originally established nearly 75 years ago by R. Nelson Snider, principal of South Side High School, as the Fort Wayne Educational Foundation, Questa Foundation’s mission is to expand educational opportunities and encourage greater financial freedom for students by providing affordable college loans and generous scholarships that reward academic success and retain college graduates in northeast Indiana.
Questa Foundation for Education is accepting applications through May 1, 2012, for the upcoming school year. More information regarding the program can be found at www.questafoundation.org.