What a time to join the team!
The grand opening of the Learning Commons, the Boldly Forward Capital Campaign celebration, and An Evening of Distinction & Determination are just a few of the events I experienced before my tenure as Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations at Kettering University even began on Oct. 27, 2022. I am astounded by the spirit of generosity, cooperation, and commitment I observed among the countless donors, community members, volunteers, students, faculty, and staff with whom I had the privilege to interact. The sense of pride and accomplishment was palpable and well-deserved. Thank you for the warm welcome and congratulations on your achievements.
The opportunity to build on the strategic vision and success of what President McMahan, his cabinet, the Board of Trustees, students, faculty, volunteers, donors, the Advancement team, and the entire Kettering family created through the Boldly Forward campaign is exciting and profound. The campaign’s centerpiece project, the Learning Commons, is extraordinary, and daily we experience the energy and innovation the building has ignited. The Kettering campus and student experience have been reimagined and enhanced. This success was achieved in large part through the financial support of Kettering alumni, donors, and friends, and we are grateful for your generous investment in our bright future.
I came to Kettering from Columbus, Ohio, where I was Vice President of Advancement and Marketing at Capital University. Before that, I led advancement efforts for Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University of Rochester in New York. I also spearheaded the fundraising efforts at the Simon School of Business there. Additionally, I served as Chief Advancement Officer at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., and in various advancement positions at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. I began my fundraising career 25 years ago at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia. Working in fundraising and alumni engagement provides the opportunity to build bridges between the University and supporters who care deeply about the success of students and faculty. What could be better?
My husband and I have loved Michigan for decades. We have traveled extensively in the state and regularly vacationed in northern Michigan. While visiting Kettering, I enjoyed a feeling of warmth and collegiality among all I met but also quickly appreciated what I call “sharp-elbow determination” that comes from smart, dedicated, and trusting people working toward a common goal. Early in my interview process, I was convinced Kettering was the place for me.
The impact of donor support at the University is prominent and celebrated throughout the community. Imagine what our campus would look like without the financial contributions from generous friends and supporters like you. It’s almost impossible to visualize. That wonderful sense of belonging created by the beneficence of donors is a vote of confidence in our students, faculty, and administration–and we thank you wholeheartedly.
I would like to thank Sue Davies, recently retired Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations, for her tireless work over the last decade. Her mark on Kettering is indelible, and I am honored to build on her impressive legacy.
I am excited to lead and be part of the team that determines the Kettering Built future–and rest assured, we will GO BIG. I look forward to working with all of you. Thank you for all you do to demonstrate your Bulldog Pride.
Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations