Melanie Harmon is vice president for advancement and serves as the chief fundraising officer of the institution. Harmon oversees development, alumni relations and advancement services. She joined Manchester University in 2011 as executive director of development and helped lead the successful $100 million Students First! Campaign for Manchester.
Harmon has 23 years of comprehensive experience in donor development and alumni relations. Prior to joining Manchester, she served as associate vice president for development at Trine University. During her 19-year tenure there, she played key roles in the creation of an advancement department, provided support for two major successful campaigns, increased annual fund support, assisted in the planning and execution of a university name change, and strengthened oversight of the alumni board of directors.
Melanie has been active in the profession, serving CASE in leadership roles at the state and district level. She is a current member of the CASE V District Board of Directors. Prior to that, she was a member of the CASE-Indiana Board of Directors for which she served as president in 2005-2007. At the district level, she served four years on the CASE District V Conference Planning Committee and in 2010 served as conference chair.
Melanie earned her BA in communication from Indiana University and later received a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University Center on Philanthropy Fundraising School. She continued her education at IU, earning her MA degree in Philanthropic Studies.
Melanie resides in Fort Wayne with her husband Rob and their 16-year-old daughter, Taylor, and 13-year-old son, Quinn.