Kristine Baggett follows Janet Hogue as leader of active school group

The Beaverton Education Foundation has tapped a seasoned veteran fund-raiser to become the organization's second paid executive director.

Kristine Baggett, 42, director of development for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington for the past three years, was named recently to succeed Janet Hogue.

Hogue left the foundation June 30 after seven years at its helm.

Baggett officially assumes her duties Sept. 5.

'It's a wonderful opportunity,' Baggett said. 'I'm looking forward to moving us to another level.'

Virginia Breen, chairwoman of the foundation's search and hiring committee and a board member, said the foundation picked Baggett from a pool of nearly 18 applicants.

'I don't think we could have done better,' said Breen. 'She's absolutely excellent.'

Breen said Baggett would be on board as the foundation implements a strategic plan that anticipates growth for the organization during the next five years.

Baggett has an undergraduate degree in geology ('I love science. I always have') and holds a masters of business administration degree, both from Case Western Reserve University.

Having worked in education as a development professional for 18 years, Baggett's work with Ronald McDonald Charities included creating the local organization's first comprehensive development program.

'I loved it,' she said of her job. 'I had a great time but I missed education.'

Prior to that, Baggett spent five years as director of development for Portland State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and served in a similar capacity at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for nine years, overseeing the school's annual fund-raising campaign.

'The thing I love most about education, there's always another discovery,' she said.

Baggett said she's looking forward to support from the entire community and plans to continue the annual phon-a-thon.

'The phon-a-thon is the backbone of the program right now,' said Baggett, noting that she hopes to look at additional ways to get the message out related to the foundation's work.

Also, she said she'd like to see even more participation from individuals but also hopes to form partnerships between businesses and corporations.

This year, the Beaverton Education Foundation awarded $242,000 through its Kids Count grants, mini-grants, After-the-bell Student Success Awards and community awards.

Baggett praised Hogue for laying a great foundation for her to follow.

A Portland resident for the past nine years, Baggett is married to Kim Short, an art teacher at Westview High School.

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