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New CSMA director

The new executive director of the Community School of Music and Arts started her new job Monday.

After recently losing executive director Moy Eng unexpectedly, and working under an interim chief officer, CSMA's board of directors has appointed Vickie Scott Grove the new permanent director and is inviting the community to meet her.

Grove is set to lead the Mountain View-based organization beginning Aug. 5, according to a press release. Grove replaces interim director Andrea Temkin, who took over after Eng stepped down at the end of March. Grove is planning to meet community members during CSMA's annual open house on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school's Finn Center, located at 230 San Antonio Circle.

Grove comes to CSMA after serving as vice president of programs at ALearn — a non-profit organization focused on helping underrepresented students succeed in school and make it to college. There she was in charge of development, expansion and evaluation of supplemental education programs in 12 school districts across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Before working at ALearn, Grove was the executive director at Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

Eng, whose husband died unexpectedly just a few weeks after she took the helm of CSMA, pressed on as executive director for two years before announcing she would step down in order to spend more time with her family.

$3.5 million commitment to FHDA

Two of the local community college district's biggest donors have committed $3.5 million to Foothill and De Anza colleges and their namesake center, the Krause Center for Innovation.

The majority of the commitment from Gay and Bill Krause — $2.5 million — is earmarked for the center, which was founded in 2000 with the goal of providing cutting-edge professional development for elementary, middle, high school and community college teachers from all over the Bay Area. Additionally, $1 million of the commitment will not be earmarked for any specific purpose.

According to a press release from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the Krauses have given more money to FHDA Foundation than any other single donor.

"Through their philanthropy, the Krauses are investing in education for new generations of students by supporting systemic change to improve teaching and learning," FHDA Chancellor Linda Thor said in the release. "Their support for transformational change in education is visionary."

While the unrestricted funds may be used in a number of ways across both colleges, the earmarked portion will help the KCI fund two positions — director of strategy and a marketing position — and will create an endowment for supporting professor- and teacher-in-residence positions, along with other programs.

—Nick Veronin


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