IWU Hires Brian Gardner as Vice President for University Advancement

Dr. Brian Gardner has accepted the position of Vice President for University Advancement at Indiana Wesleyan University. He served most recently in the same position at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

Gardner is a seasoned profesional in Christian higher education fundraising. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from Seattle Pacific University. He has spent the past 16 years in major and planned gift development, first at Wheaton College in Illinois and later at George Fox, his undergraduate alma mater.

At George Fox, he directed a capital fundraising initiative for the university's planned $7.2 million complex for football and track and field and assisted in securing one of the largest endowment gifts in the institution's history.

“We conducted a long, prayerful search for the newly-created position of Vice President for University Advancement,” said IWU Residential Campus CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. Keith Newman. “God has a way of bringing the right people across your path at the right time. We're confident that Dr. Gardner is the right person to serve the IWU family in this integral role.”

Gardner's first day at University Advancement is July 1, 2014.

"Dr. Gardner is an expert fundraiser with a passion for the vocational ministry of university development," said IWU President Dr. David Wright. "He is a skilled gift development professional and team-builder with a talent for making and strengthening relationships with friends of Christ-centered higher education. I am so excited about the gifts he will bring to the team here at IWU."

Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University, founded in 1920, is committed to global liberal arts and professional education.

Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University's main campus in Marion, Indiana. More than 10,000 adult learners attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.

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