Western Nevada Collegeâ€™s new Foundation Director shouldnâ€™t require an introduction. Many in Carson City and surrounding communities already know Niki Gladys as an active community leader. Gladys was publisher of the Nevada Appeal and the Record Courier newspapers in Carson City for more than three years, followed by four years as the advertising sales director for RGJ Media in Reno.
Now, she will lead the WNC Foundation after serving on its board for seven years, most recently as president.
â€œI am delighted to have someone with Niki’s background and experience overseeing the WNC Foundation,â€ said college President Chester Burton. â€œWith her many years of service on the WNC Foundation board, coupled with her business and corporate experience, I am confident that she can come in and hit the ground running.â€
Foundation Board Secretary/Treasurer Sean Davison said he is very pleased that Gladys has stepped into the Director position.
â€œNiki has been involved with the Foundation Board for approximately seven years, so has been invested in the collegeâ€™s mission for some time. She is exceptionally qualified for this critical leadership role; we expect great things from her in tandem with the Foundation Board, and WNC Leadership and Faculty.
Gladys said she is excited to generate funding for a variety of WNCâ€™s educational programs and scholarships.
â€œItâ€™s an area Iâ€™m passionate about, supporting our communityâ€™s young people and especially students who may not have the opportunity to attend college without financial support,â€ Gladys said. â€œThe Foundation represents a very important cause and Iâ€™m thrilled to be taking on this challenge.â€
As publisher of the Nevada Appeal, Gladys launched the Literacy for Life initiative that included a fundraising golf tournament where proceeds were donated to local literacy groups. She also worked with Carson City to offer advertising on city passenger buses.
â€œIt was an innovative partnership that allowed local businesses to advertise their services while providing important funding to the city and the Appeal,â€ she said.
Gladys has also worked as the Senior Director of Local Sales for the
Dallas Morning News and as the Director of Corporate Support for KNPB
Channel 5 in Reno.
â€œIâ€™ve been involved in sales and marketing for the past 25 years. Iâ€™m looking forward to leveraging that experience in my new role with the college.
Gladys and her husband, John, have two children: Amelia, 13, and Jack, She enjoys family activities, reading, golfing and art.