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RCBC Appoints New Executive Director to Lead College Foundation

Anika Ragins-Riley

Anika Ragins-Riley, an accomplished higher education administrator and fundraiser, was appointed Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation’s new Executive Director.

“Anika Ragins-Riley possess the skills and development experience to be extremely successful in her new role as Executive Director of the Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation,” said RCBC President Paul Drayton. “This is extremely important position as we seek to inspire more philanthropists to invest in our vision of the modern community college that is accessible and affordable to all.

“I have full confidence in Ms. Ragins-Riley and the entire RCBC Foundation to capture the excitement of Rowan College at Burlington County and significantly increase the financial support from the community,” Drayton added. “This is critical to our effort to increase our support of students and give them all the resources they need to successfully complete their educational goals at RCBC.”

Ragins-Riley has extensive experience in higher education and nonprofit organizations. She has most recently served as the Director of Development at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia where she strategized major donation solicitations, managed a portfolio of 250 major gift alumni prospects, increased donor engagement and planned giving, and worked on grant proposals.

“The Foundation needs Ragins-Riley’s expertise in donor cultivation and fundraising to lead us into the future,” said Tony Mahon, RCBC Foundation Board Chair. “She has the Foundation Board’s full confidence, and together with Brittany Quintana, who has done an excellent job as acting Executive Director this past year, we expect the Foundation will achieve new milestones.”

Ragins-Riley will officially start her new position on Feb. 10.

“Rowan College at Burlington County is redefining higher education and I’m very excited to join the college at such an exciting and transformative time,” Ragins-Riley said. “RCBC has a wonderful story that can resonate with people looking for a good cause to spend to their charitable dollars. I’m grateful to President Drayton and the RCBC Foundation Board for this opportunity and look forward to working with them and all of the faculty, students and staff.”

From 2006 to 2012, Ragins-Riley worked as a senior development officer for New York University. At NYU, she was responsible for helping to secure a $10 million naming gift for the university’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. She also increased corporate sponsorship support of one of the university’s events by 40 percent and doubled graduate research program giving.

Other positions she has held include manager of institutional advancement at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, program director at Queens College in Flushing, New York, and program manager for the Center for Human Development and Research in Education at Temple University.

Ragins-Riley has a bachelor’s of economics from Rutgers University-Camden and is working toward a master’s in educational leadership from Temple University, which she expects to complete in May. She lives in Cherry Hill with her family.