Monday, April 8, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College selected Grady Jones to serve as Vice President for Institutional Advancement following a national search. Jones started at Westminster 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 Dr. 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 held 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 completed coursework for a master's in organizational communication from Purdue University, and has a certificate of fund raising 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.
He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Downtown Rotary of Jacksonville, Fla., and was active with the Jacksonville Humane Society, and the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. A former deacon and elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, Ind., Jones was chairman of the founding board for the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony.
Jones, a Sikeston, Missouri, native, and his wife, Stacy, have three children.
Westminster publically launched Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College last fall and has already raised more than $40 million making it the most successful campaign in Westminster history. Ever Higher is an ambitious $50 million campaign to support Westminster's strategic initiatives by increasing endowed funds for student scholarships, faculty development, and academic programs, by enhancing facilities, and by strengthening the Westminster Fund.
Contact Grady Jones at (724) 946-7368 or email for additional information.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.