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Vice President Institutional Advancement




 is accepting nominations and applications for the position of:



Lake Erie College (LEC), with a rich tradition of 157 years, has been educating students for the world after college. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a private, co-educational, four-year comprehensive institution grounded in the liberal arts.  The College enrolls approximately 1,200 students offering 37 undergraduate majors, and masters’ degrees in business administration and education. LEC is nationally recognized for its equine studies program and international learning opportunities.  Located in Painesville, Ohio, 30 miles east of Cleveland, the historic main campus is comprised of 60 acres and 18 buildings.  The George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, located 5 miles south of campus in Concord Twp., is comprised of 90 acres, barns that accommodate up to 95 horses and a 700-seat arena.  The College is also a very athletic campus.  As an NCAA Division II school, LEC offers 23 varsity sports and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), the East Coast Conference (ECC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). While Science and Business are the largest majors, the Parker MBA Program is among the fastest-growing and most highly regarded programs in the State of Ohio.


Reporting to the President and as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement provides leadership and vision for the IA program and exhibits a deep commitment to the College’s mission, vision and values.  The VPIA provides leadership to, and management of, all areas of institutional advancement including development, alumni relations, community relations, public relations, and marketing. 


The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will:

  • Assist the president and the senior administrative team in goals that are tied to the strategic plan;
  • Research, develop and implement comprehensive advancement and fundraising plans in support of the College;
  • Prepare and edit speeches and presentations for the President;
  • Work closely with the President on all college-related activities;
  • Organize and oversee activities dedicated to strengthening the College’s relationships with donor constituents and alumni.

This is an exciting opportunity for an Advancement professional who will be charged with oversight of the staff and office structure, program and staff performance, and expanding the College’s donor base to raise funds in support of the College's immediate, short and long term needs. The new Vice President for Institutional Advancement will be given the opportunity to build a comprehensive advancement program to take the fundraising at the College to new heights.


The Vice President for Institutional Advancement must have significant experience in the non-profit fundraising field, successful supervisory experience, strong knowledge of current fundraising practices and systems in higher education, and a proven track record in planning and implementing fundraising programs. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication, leadership, and organizational skills, have successful experience with comprehensive campaigns, and work effectively internally and externally to promote the mission of the institution.


Lake Erie College is being assisted by Hyatt - Fennell.  Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to  Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé, and contact information for five professional references. Application deadline is August 2, 2013. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.  For more information contact:

Cheryl Hyatt

Lake Erie College is an equal opportunity employer

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