AACC announces new appointments


Anne Arundel Community College has named three employees to lead the college’s institutional advancement, development and grants initiatives.

Kathleen Bolton of Severna Park was appointed as executive director of Institutional Advancement and the AACC Foundation, Inc. In this role she is responsible for providing innovative leadership and direction for the Offices of Institutional Advancement and Sponsored Programs which seek private and public sector funding to enhance the college’s educational endeavors.

Prior to her appointment, Bolton had been serving in the executive director role on an interim basis, while also leading the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Gretchen Tomkies of Edgewater has been named director of development, the lead major gift officer for the foundation, which raises private sector funds from individuals, corporations and foundations to support students and college programs.

Tomkies also had been working in her new role as the interim director while also serving as an assistant director of business partnerships.

Debi Mercado of Edgewater has been named director of sponsored programs, leading the college’s efforts to secure grants that support students and college programs.

Mercado, who has coordinated grants with Bolton in the Office of Sponsored Programs for several years, will provide leadership in the pursuit and management of grants.

The appointments became effective July 1.

About Anne Arundel Community College
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited, public, two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. National and regional award-winning studies can lead to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.