Muskingum University provides an innovative, experiential liberal arts-based education to its nearly 2,500 students, who study in its undergraduate and graduate programs as well as its highly successful adult program. Serving a student population typified by first-generation college-goers, Muskingum punches above its weight in terms of the impact it has on its students’ futures, thus engendering exceptional passion among its alumni.
To channel that passion into philanthropic and other types of support of the University’s endeavors, Muskingum seeks a vice president for institutional advancement to lead its development, alumni relations and associated programs.
Reporting to and partnering with President Susan Hasseler, whose tenure began in 2016, Muskingum’s new vice president will benefit from the immediate opportunity to build an infrastructure to suit a new strategic vision, providing a focused initiative around which both to plan operations and to build resources for the program. The vice president will join a senior executive team that is evolving to reflect President Hasseler’s leadership style, which emphasizes collaboration and collegiality, and will work within a campus community that is highly dedicated to the institution’s mission and success. Muskingum has been a successful fundraising institution across recent years, but its focus has been on a limited number of donors and prospects, thus necessitating an investment of people and time in building a pipeline of prospects and in developing a focused case for support across the entirety of the prospect spectrum.
Accomplishing these tasks will require a vice president of considerable skill and experience, one with a personal track record as a major- and principal-gift fund raiser and as a leader and agent of change. Senior leadership experience in a campaign setting is required, as is a history of broad engagement across the entirety of a university’s constituencies. Superior strategic and communication skills are required, as is a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. Perhaps most critical is a strong personal resonance with the University’s mission and values, particularly regarding the populations it serves. In return, the vice president will benefit from the partnership of highly motivated, committed colleagues, a generous and engaged board, an energetic and focused president, a passionate alumni body and a compelling mission that is being pursued with vigor and enthusiasm across the entire spectrum of the institution.
With the focus and aspirations provided by a new strategic vision and the commitment and leadership of its president, Muskingum University is poised for substantial success in constituent engagement and fundraising. It seeks a leader to play a central, historical role in ensuring its continued and enhanced success.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 31, 2018. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the University’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden and Suzanne M. Teer of Witt/Kieffer, at MuskingumVPIA@wittkieffer.com. Questions also may be directed to the consultants through the office of Laurie Adams at 630-575-6152.
Muskingum University values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. Muskingum University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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