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Contact: Jeri Kornegay
Director of Media and Public Relations

Well-versed college administrator

to lead MC fund development

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."





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