The Scott County Community Foundation has welcomed Christopher Fugate to the Board of Directors. He begins his term Oct. 1, and replaces outgoing board member Hank Jentzen. The Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization that enables donors to support the community through scholarships and grants.

Chris and his wife, Sherry, are residents of Austin. They are the parents of Kailey and Ethan, a senior and sophomore at Austin High School. Chris graduated from Mid America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville in 1996. He received his associate?s degree in 2015 from Indiana Wesleyan University and will receive his bachelor?s degree in accounting in May 2017.

He has spent the last 20 years in the funeral industry, working for the last 10 years for Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg until he was elected Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Austin. He also serves as Deputy Coroner for Scott County. He is a cross country coach for Austin High School and member of Austin Christian Church. He enjoys running and spending time with his family.

Chris joined the Community Foundation earlier this year as a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

?I think it is important to be an active member of the community and to do my best to make it an even better place to live and work,? said Chris. ?The Scott County Community Foundation strives to improve the lives of so many in our community and I want to be a part of that positive change.?

?I am extremely glad to welcome Chris to the Board,? said incoming Board Chairman Terry Wolka. ?His experience in both the public and private sector on various boards and offices, bring valuable knowledge and experience to the Foundation Board.?

?I also want to thank Hank for his long-time service to the Board,? continued Wolka. ?Hank has served 10 years on our grants committee, and has been a true ambassador for the Foundation.?