Westminster College selects VP for Institutional Advancement

Staff report

New wilmington, Pa.

Westminster College selected Grady Jones to serve as Vice President for Institutional Advancement after a national search. Jones started at Westminster on April 1.

The vice president for institutional advancement serves as the chief advancement officer for Westminster and works with the president to advance Westminster’s long-range goals. The position directs, supervises and oversees development, alumni relations, advancement services, institutional marketing, publications, public relations and the Celebrity Series.

“Grady Jones is an excellent addition to the Westminster community and brings a wealth of advancement experience and an appreciation for Westminster’s mission and commitment to provide a high-quality, affordable, private education in a supportive environment,” according to Westminster President Richard Dorman.

“This is an exciting opportunity to join a leadership team that is making a significant difference in the life of Westminster College,” Jones said. “Westminster has an ambitious strategic plan and is blessed with passionate trustees, alumni and friends who support the college in myriad ways. I look forward to working with the vibrant campus community to help Westminster surpass its goals.”

Jones has nearly two decades of senior advancement experience. He began his higher education development career at Purdue University in 1995 where he had progressively responsible development positions culminating in his appointment as Director of Development for Biological Sciences.

Jones served as vice president for institutional advancement at Jacksonville University for seven years, and most recently served as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at Antioch University, a five-campus national university with campuses in New Hampshire, Ohio, California and Washington.

He earned a master’s of philanthropic studies at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in English/ religious studies from Oakland City University in Indiana. Jones also com-pleted coursework for a master’s in organizational communication from Purdue University, and has a certificate of fundraising management from Indiana University Fund Raising School. A member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Jones also attended three Big Ten Fund Raising Institutes.

Jones, a Sikeston, Mo., native, and his wife, Stacy, have three children.

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