Monday, June 27 , 2016, 3:38 pm | Fair 69º

  • Follow Noozhawk on LinkedIn
  • Follow Noozhawk on Pinterest
  • Follow Noozhawk on YouTube
 
 
 
 

Executive Director of Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Stepping Down after 22 Years on Job

Longtime leader Colette Hadley credited with doubling foundation’s size, including number of scholarships and donors

The longtime executive director of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara will step down from her post in the coming year.

After more than 22 years of service, Colette Hadley informed the nonprofit foundation’s board of directors she would resign her position within the next 12 months to move to the Los Angeles/Orange County area to be near family and to begin the next chapter in her career.

Scholarship Foundation board president Janet Garufis sent a letter notifying supporters of the planned leadership change last week, commending Hadley for her efforts and outlining a transitional plan to find her replacement.

Hadley does not have an official last day, but will leave her post within the next six to 12 months, Garufis told Noozhawk.

“Colette’s been thinking about this for some time,” she said. “She has really contributed a phenomenal amount of leadership and critical thinking to the growth and development of the Scholarship Foundation. We are sad to see her go, but we applaud her for taking on this next chapter. It’s time for her to re-pot herself.”

Since Hadley took the helm, the Scholarship Foundation has doubled in size, including scholarships given to local students and the number of donors.

In 2013, the Scholarship Foundation awarded $8.1 million in total scholarships to 2,601 Santa Barbara County students. Since 1962, more than 34,500 scholarships totaling $81 million have been provided.

Hadley declined to comment last week, but in a 2010 interview with Noozhawk she credited the personal experiences of Scholarship Foundation donors for their stalwart support of the organization. In the interview, she said that at least half of the donors were themselves scholarship students in college.

“They all have a personal story,” she said. “Some people ... grew up with a supportive family environment and had the resources to go to college, and they’re aware that there are people out there who did not have that and so it’s their obligation to help.

“The stories are amazing and some of them you don’t know until years go by.”

Hadley is the longest-serving employee since the Scholarship Foundation’s founding in 1962, Garufis said.

She said Hadley has been involved in planning for the executive transition, which will involve tapping a long-term visioning committee to conduct a broad search and evaluate the skills needed to navigate a changing education environment.

Garufis said the board was glad Hadley is leaving the organization on such solid footing with great staff.

“We’re thrilled for her,” Garufis said. “She will now feel comfortable to start looking in the area where she wants to relocate. Colette is a treasure in Santa Barbara. She’s at the top of her game.”

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >