Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Names Interim President & CEO

Staff Report From Low Country CEO

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Jacqueline M. Rosswurm, PhD, has been appointed interim president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry by its board of directors. Dr. Rosswurm replaces Christopher Kerrigan. Kerrigan will be reuniting with his family in the Charleston area and spending more time this summer with his 91-year-old mother, who still operates the family bed and breakfast on the south coast of Maine.  

"The Community Foundation is very fortunate to have an experienced leader in Jackie Rosswurm,” said Jim Allhusen, chair of the organization’s board of directors. “She is already a member of our board, is extremely knowledgeable about the Foundation, and has committed herself to serving in this role. She is clearly dedicated to the organization’s mission, its staff, its donors and the communities we serve in Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton Counties.”

Dr. Rosswurm has been on the Community Foundation's board of directors since 2017 and is currently chair of its Community Investment/Grants Committee. She is a long-time resident of the Lowcountry, coming here initially as a teacher. She has served as a school principal and later as chief administrative and human resources officer for Beaufort County schools. Dr. Rosswurm ultimately served as acting superintendent of the Beaufort County School District before retiring in 2013. "Those skills and experiences combine to make her the perfect candidate to lead our organization while we conduct a national search for a permanent replacement for this important leadership role,” said Allhusen.

“Chris Kerrigan brought passion to his role as our president and CEO over the past year,” said Allen Ward, vice chair of the Community Foundation’s board of directors. "His commitment to philanthropy and the impact it can have on communities in need was infectious. An obvious example of this was the creation of the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which has raised over $450,000 in the last six weeks. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has quickly redistributed most of these funds

to non-profit organizations which are directly addressing the food and shelter insecurities caused by this terrible virus.”