Pathway to Possibilities: A Celebration of the Leadership and Legacy of Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton benefits student scholarships

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June event raises record funds to help students access education

Pathway to Possibilities, presented by the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) on Friday, June 7th, honored Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton for more than two decades of service as president of Cuyahoga Community College and raised more than $1 million for student scholarships.

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 “As we planned this event, Dr. Thornton insisted that the greatest honor and recognition for her would be student scholarships. By supporting the Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton Scholarship Fund, our donors are providing students with a pathway to possibilities, ” said Catherine M. Kilbane, Chairperson of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation.

 “The philanthropy of so many donors and friends has helped to make this evening a success. Their support is paying tribute to Dr. Thornton’s greatest passion – enabling access to education by providing scholarships for students. We are so very grateful for the leadership of our Host Committee, the more than 750 guests in attendance this evening, and all of those who supported Pathway to Possibilities. They truly made possible a fitting celebration to one of our region’s most respected leaders,” said Gloria Moosmann, Vice President, Development & Tri-C Foundation.

 Jerry Kelsheimer, Chairman of the Cuyahoga Community College Board of Trustees recognized Dr. Thornton for her unparalleled leadership and vision and recognized her as one of the most respected and innovative leaders within the field of higher education.

 “Tonight I am very pleased to announce in recognition and honor of all that Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton has contributed and achieved during her over twenty one years of service to Cuyahoga Community College, the Board of Trustees will soon be naming the Institutional Advancement Building on East 22nd  St. the Thornton Center, and the appointment of Dr. Thornton as President Emeritus of Cuyahoga Community College,” Kelsheimer said.

 Cuyahoga Community College, currently marking a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, was Ohio’s first community college and remains its largest.  The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, under the leadership of Vice President, Development & Tri-C Foundation, Gloria Moosmann, is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds for Tri-C programs and scholarships.

Donations to the Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton Scholarship Fund may be made by visiting or by calling the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation at 216-987-4868.

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