Cary Center with Assistant Vice President of Auburn University Outreach and Public Service Hollie Cost during a panel discussion
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The Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Auburn University’s College of Humanities will host a panel discussion with Hollie Cost, Auburn University’s new Assistant Vice President for Outreach and Service public. The roundtable theme, Leadership through Partnerships, will show how to advance community impact and service by building and leveraging relationships. The program will take place Wednesday, February 16 at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and is free and open to the public, however, reservations are required and can be made here.
A lifelong Alabamian, Cost is a three-time graduate of Auburn with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Masters in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Special Education – Behavioral Disorders. Prior to his position at Montevallo University, Cost worked in the Auburn area in mental health and special education roles with the Lee County School System, East Alabama Mental Health, and Lee County Youth Development Center. At the University of Montevallo, Cost was a professor of special education and responsible for the department’s program coordination, evaluation and accreditation activities. During her tenure, she launched the university’s service-learning program and developed two major civic engagement initiatives, “Falcon Scholars in Action”, a community outreach program with nonprofit agencies. of Shelby County engaging university students, and the “Montevallo Connection” initiative that fostered collaboration between the university and the city’s public schools.
Cost’s community engagement and advocacy extended beyond campus to civic leadership, in which she served for more than 16 years as an elected Montevallo City Council member and mayor. During her two terms as mayor, she was responsible for all municipal operations, including budget management, direct supervision of ten department heads, maintenance and improvement of infrastructure, and overall promotion. civic engagement, social equity and citizen inclusion. During her administration, she launched a student institute, a junior city council, and a comprehensive recycling program among several other citywide initiatives.
In her role as Assistant Vice President of Auburn University Outreach and Public Service, she oversees the operations of the Office of Public Service and the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement. She champions the University’s outreach mission and works with central administrators, deans, faculty, outreach unit directors, and others to ensure effective, high-quality outreach and public service programming in all of Auburn University. Additionally, she works with campus, state, local, regional, and international organizations to identify, create, and sustain public service opportunities and partnerships.
This program was made possible through the generosity of these sponsors: Community Foundation of East Alabama; Outreach from Auburn University; Drummond Thorne Stukes Fund for Excellence in the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, a community service grant made possible by State Senators Tom Whatley and Randy Price and State Representative Joe Lovvorn; United Way of Lee County, Inc.; and Himmelwright, Huguley and Boles, LLC.
The Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies is an academic center of the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University whose programs focus on financial wellness, philanthropic engagement, and nonprofit studies . The Cary Center inspires its participants to discover their purpose by learning, giving and growing while empowering all generations to leave lasting legacies. The Community and College Division of the Cary Center provides capacity building resources to nonprofit organizations to include educational programs, professional development, and networking.