Platz Accepts Position in Institutional Advancement at Cleveland State

Rick Platz

Platz Accepts Position in Institutional Advancement at Cleveland State

Holly Vincent
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:55 AM

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Cleveland State Community College welcomes a new, yet familiar face to its Institutional Advancement Department. Rick Platz was recently hired as the Development Officer and will be assisting the college in a variety of efforts. Platz retired as the Director of the Small Business Development Center located on CSCC’s campus in 2010 and has since served as an adjunct instructor for the college.
  Prior to working for CSCC’s SBDC, Platz was Vice President for New Product Development for Citibank Universal Card Services where he was responsible for strategic assessment of new concepts, determining profit potential and providing business recommendations.
  “I was really drawn to this position,” stated Platz. “I have a long association with the college having worked in the SBDC for about 10-12 years and continuing to teach as an adjunct instructor, and I value its role in the community. I see education as the key to making for a better community and on a more practical level, for jobs and the economy. I think CSCC plays an integral role in this five-county service area.”
   Platz continued, “I am really looking forward to helping to strengthen the CSCC Foundation and its relationship with the community and coordinating the ongoing efforts within the college.”
  “Rick has been engaged in our community for a number of years serving on a variety of Boards including Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region and Hospice of Chattanooga,” stated Dr. Tommy Wright, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “I think he will make a successful addition to our team and look forward to working with him.”
According to Platz, “The Institutional Advancement Department has some events coming up between now and the summer, and I will be involved in organizing those events, establishing objectives, doing some project management work and beyond that, assisting Dr. Wright as the college launches its 50th Anniversary efforts and to help implement aspects of the Cleveland State 20/20 Community First Plan.”
  Platz received his bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and his M.B.A. from Jacksonville University.

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