Monaca, PA - At its recent “50 Shining Stars” Golden Gala and Dinner, Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) President Chris Reber announced the appointment of Kolton R. Codner to the newly created position of Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs.

In this role, Mr. Codner will oversee the first major gifts campaign in College history; lead CCBC’s long-term philanthropic growth; facilitate alumni, corporate and foundation relations; and work closely and collaboratively with the CCBC Foundation Board, campus constituents, and leaders and citizens throughout the region.

Also announced at the Gala, Expanding Pathways – Achieving Success: The Campaign for CCBC, will call upon alumni, community and corporate partners, private foundations, employees, and donors to give back to the college that for over 50 years has worked in partnership with the community to change lives in Beaver County.

Centered on three main initiatives – “Expanding Student Access and Success,” “Supporting Workforce Development,” and “Transforming Campus Spaces” – the $12 million, five-year campaign will ensure that CCBC can achieve new levels of excellence and distinction, and serve the economic revitalization and transformation of our community and the surrounding region.

“The leadership and expertise that Kolton brings will be enormously helpful to our collective efforts to advance CCBC in the years ahead,” stated CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber.

Codner’s professional experience has focused on securing more than $45 million of private and government fund acquisition for the organizations he has served. He brings to CCBC a diverse background in private philanthropy, sponsored programs and government funding.

Codner most recently served as Director of Corporate Relations at Kent State University in Ohio, where he led comprehensive university-wide corporate engagement. His leadership helped position the university as a strategic asset by increasing interaction with industry, sparking workforce development, generating sponsored research projects, and significantly increasing philanthropic investment.

Prior to joining Kent State, Codner spent nearly six years with the City of Youngstown, where he helped to secure external funding to address critical infrastructure needs and advance economic development projects.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Youngstown State University. Codner is also a member of NACRO, the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers, and CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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About CCBC

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,800 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. In 2017, the Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges.


Kolton Codner will serve as Community College of Beaver County’s new Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs, and lead the first major gifts fundraising campaign in College history.