The Minot Public School Foundation will soon have a new executive director.
Brittney Hogan will take over from Lowell Latimer, who is retiring as of Sept. 1.
Hogan, a 2008 graduate of Minot High School and a graduate of Bismarck State College, has been working in the foundation office as Latimer's assistant for the past six months. Prior to joining the staff in the foundation office, she worked at the Minot YWCA. She was appointed to a one-year term on the North Dakota State Independent Living Council by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
"I love writing grants," said Hogan.
Latimer said Hogan has a knack for grant-writing and had a grant fully funded for the foundation this year that has never been fully funded before.
The foundation provides grants for school projects that are not funded by individual schools. Teachers can submit grant requests to pay for extras such as school field trips or to fund the purchase of iPads for students. The foundation also funds scholarships. One targeted scholarship helps fund summer tennis lessons for kids, while another funds a college scholarship for students studying foreign languages.
Latimer has been an educator for more than 60 years. He started his career as a country school teacher and began his career with the Minot Public Schools in 1955 as principal and sixth grade teacher at McKinley Elementary. He went on to serve as principal at several Minot schools and as assistant superintendent and superintendent. After he retired from the Minot Public Schools he began a second career as executive director of the Foundation in 1994. Latimer said he plans to stay in Minot after retiring and will continue to be active in many service organizations.
He will attend his 59th back to school breakfast next month. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Foundation, will give him a chance to say goodbye to the teachers.
Hogan said she knows she has big shoes to fill but is excited to take on the job.
David Aas, president of the Minot Public School Foundation, praised both Latimer and Hogan in a press release. He said Latimer's guiding hand has helped develop and grow the Foundation into a strong and stable organization. Hogan will help improve the Foundation's technology utilization and her grant writing experience will be an asset.
"Brittney's enthusiasm, skills and energy will continue our strong presence and impact with the Minot Public School District," said Aas.