to lead MC fund
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Oct. 14, 2003) - Stephen O.
Mason, who has broad experience in most areas of college administration,
will guide Manchester College's advancement and fund-development team
and help plan the northern Indiana independent college's next steps.
Stephen O. Mason will take the post of vice
president for college advancement on Jan.1, 2004. He succeeds Timothy A.
McElwee, who resigned to realize a dream of teaching peace studies
full-time, remaining at Manchester College.
For the past six years, Mason has served the Church
of the Brethren as the executive director of one of its program
agencies, the Association of Brethren Caregivers. He has 19 years of
experience in college administration, most recently as vice president
for financial services and earlier as director of development (both
roles included fund-raising) at McPherson College in Kansas. He also has
held top student and residential services posts at colleges in
Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Alabama, Illinois and Iowa.
"Steve Mason has a broad base of experience in
higher education and significant leadership experience, with a solid
background in strategic planning," said Parker G. Marden, president of
the 1,170-student independent Manchester College. "He knows colleges
like Manchester and shares our mission. Most importantly, he has been
part of a very successful development effort."
Mason holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola
University in Chicago, a master's of education degree in counseling
education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and a
bachelor's degree in psychology from Bridgewater College in Virginia.
"Manchester College's sense of and commitment to
its mission are very appealing to me," said Mason. "I look forward to
joining an educational community that honors its heritage, embraces the
liberal arts tradition, nurtures the inquisitive intellect and fosters
responsible living. My wife, Marilyn, and I are eager to move to North
Manchester so that I may join the many who already serve the life and
mission of Manchester College."