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Dr. Jennifer Graham

Director (Position 9: 2018-2020)
Temple College Foundation

Jennifer Graham spent 20 years in education as a teacher, principal and professor before commencing her role as the Executive Director of the Temple College Foundation in 2010. She continues her mission to improve lives through education by empowering students, enabling their educational opportunities, rewarding teaching excellence, and maintaining the high profile of the College in the community. With $7 million in assets, the Foundation manages the student housing complex, as well as the historic building where they're housed.  A $6 million endowment provides annual scholarships, while the Leopard Loan Program provides over $150,000 annually to assist students with no interest loans that allow them to get into or stay in classes.  The Workforce Preparation Program offers on the job training for students in every area of the workforce with a specialization in soft skills like accountability, productivity, and customer service.
 

With a passion for teaching, Jennifer received her undergraduate liberal arts degree from the University of San Diego, her masters in educational administration from the University of Phoenix and a doctorate in higher education policy from Bernelli University. At all three institutions, her focus was on inner city and third world education, which allowed her to teach in four countries, on three continents and in three states. She has served as the principal of elementary, middle and high schools with her favorite position being the principal of the K-12 grade Disciplinary Alternative School in Temple, Texas. Her team developed a highly successful educational program that focused on student accountability, teaching excellence, and an environment of high expectations and personal empowerment.  As an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in the Education Department, Graham taught lower and upper division classes in special education.


Jennifer's past leadership roles include president of the board of the Entrepreneur Center of Central Texas, and chairperson of the Legislative Affairs committee for the Temple Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Temple and the Texas Association of Community College Foundations, is the program chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Williamson County, and participates in the 254 Down Committee focused on downtown redevelopment in Temple. 

Through Rotary, Jennifer has led 3 teams to the Philippines to complete service projects in the areas of economic development, nutrition, and sanitation.  Her 2017 trip involved training a team of 4 college students to spend 6 weeks in country teaching over 500 women in rural villages construction skills and building solar powered food dehydrators to provides livelihood opportunities and sustainable nutrition through preserved foods.

Jennifer was raised in Lake Tahoe, California, lived in an adobe home that she built at the base of Superstition Mountain in Arizona, and then moved to Texas in 2000 to marry Jonathan Graham, then City Attorney, who recently retired as the City Manager in Temple.  Having hosted 14 foreign exchange students, and 2 international interns, Jonathan and Jennifer’s family extends around the world.  They enjoy travel, kayaking, gardening, scuba diving and the conversations that are instigated by the walking of their two Great Danes.  Jennifer never says no to a new idea and considers herself a window jumper.  When windows of opportunity open up, she's the first to jump.  Whether she heads out feet first, or dives in, she often lands on her butt, but has the tenacity to brush herself off and be glad for the flight time.