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Timothy McElwee ’78, returns
to guide fundraising, friend-making

A 1978 Manchester peace studies and religion alumnus with broad and deep experience in the University’s mission soon will become vice president for university advancement. Timothy McElwee will re-join the President’s Cabinet on Nov. 11, President Jo Young Switzer announced today.

“In Tim McElwee, we have a proven team leader to help us raise the remaining $12 million of our $100 million Students First! campaign,” said President Switzer. “He knows us very well and has many strong relationships with our alumni and donors."

McElwee leaves a similar post with Albright College in Pennsylvania, where his team has raised $10 million each of his three years as vice president of advancement.

During McElwee’s earlier tenure as vice president for advancement at Manchester, he led what then was the most expansive comprehensive campaign in Manchester history to a $71 million conclusion a year ahead of schedule and 37 percent over the original goal. He worked closely with generous donors who contributed, on average, $500,000 per month. The campaign brought nearly 5,000 new donors to Manchester.

“I welcome this opportunity to return to my alma mater with great enthusiasm,” said McElwee. “In close collaboration with the president, the trustees, other senior officers and the advancement team, I hope to expand upon the tremendous accomplishments already achieved in the Student’s First! campaign.”

McElwee left the vice president’s post in 2003 to pursue a dream to teach and lead Manchester’s Peace Studies Institute. Realizing his gift in fundraising for causes that mirror Manchester and Church of the Brethren values, he then joined fundraising for Heifer International, an organization founded by Manchester graduate Dan West.

In addition to his Manchester bachelor’s degree, he earned a Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University.

Manchester conducted a national search for a new vice president to replace Michael Eastman, who took a similar position with Eastern Kentucky University in late summer. Melanie Harmon, executive director of development, is interim vice president for university advancement.

October 2013