Advancing a Distinctive Community

The advancement team supports the core operation of the University, teaching and learning, by raising friends and needed funds for daily operations, scholarships, and endowment. In addition, the advancement team searches for committed individuals who will help build needed facilities or remodel and refurbish existing facilities.

"Advancement" is an appropriate name for this team of dedicated professionals. Not only do they find funds to help meet the budget and help to cover the shortfall of tuition revenues, but they also assist professors in finding grants for worthy research projects, search for funds for new academic programs and facilities, and raise support for financial assistance to students. Clearly, these are tasks that advance the University, propel it forward into greater areas of service.

With the departure of Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs Brad Cheves, the advancement team has been led by President Andrew K. Benton, on an interim basis, with the help of senior advancement officers. A national search for a new vice president is underway, employing a top executive search firm.

In the meantime, advancement operations are moving forward, and several new professionals have been added to the team. Following are a photo of the advancement team and charts that graphically display the progress achieved in fiscal year 2003-2004.

Advancement Team

The Advancement Team top row ( left to right): Mark Boswell, Carissa Caster, Sam Lagana
third row ( left to right): Chris Sangster, Debi Klein, Sara Jackson, Michael Berry
second row ( left to right): Rachel Kirkley, Heidi Bernard, Margaret Mary Mayer, Israel Rodriguez
front row ( left to right): Lou Drobnick, Ann Kratz, Joanne Clarey, Helen M. Young, Claudia Arnold, Keith Hinkle, Ronald Phillips