Manchester adds VP for academic resources, names advancement leader

Manchester University today announces that Tim McElwee has been named to the University’s new post of vice president for academic resources, effective June 1. Melanie Harmon, executive director of development, will step into his role of vice president for advancement.

Tim McElweeMcElwee is a 1978 Manchester graduate who earned advanced degrees from Purdue University and Bethany Theological Seminary. He was MU’s campus pastor from 1983 to 1987, director of development from 1996 to 1998, vice president for advancement from 1999 to 2003, and an associate professor of peace studies and political science from 2003 to 2008.

In 2013, he returned to Manchester to become the vice president for advancement, a position he held for several years at Albright College in Pennsylvania.

“Tim’s deep experience in teaching and administration will provide a steady hand as the University prepares for transitions in administrative and academic structure,” said MU President Dave McFadden, announcing the reorganization.

The North Manchester resident will oversee three of the University’s four colleges — Arts and Humanities; Business; and Education and Social Sciences — as well as the new Student Experience Center and Center for Effective Teaching and Learning. His responsibilities also include the library, athletics, the liberal arts core, First Year Seminar, the Honors Program, registrar, study abroad and Values, Ideas and the Arts programs.

“While there are challenges ahead of us, these changes offer many exciting possibilities,” he said. “At Manchester, we strive to create the best possible academic and experiential experience for students while giving our faculty and staff opportunities to grow.”

Melanie HarmonHarmon, who has been at Manchester since March 2011, served as interim vice president for advancement for several months in 2013.

“I look forward to continuing my work with the Manchester family and enhancing the advancement program to support the institution’s mission and strategic initiatives,” she said.

A seasoned fundraiser, the Fort Wayne resident will oversee all fundraising operations, advancement services and alumni relations. Prior to joining Manchester’s leadership team, Harmon had 19 years of comprehensive donor and alumni relations experience at Trine University, where she was most recently the associate vice president for alumni and development. She is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in philanthropic studies.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Manchester University as the next vice president for advancement and build on the solid foundation laid by my predecessors,” she said.

Raylene Rospond of Fort Wayne is vice president for institutional effectiveness and dean of the new College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences, which is to include athletic training, biology, biology-chemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, exercise science and fitness, mathematics, pharmacy, pharmacogenomics, physics, post-baccalaureate pre-health and pre-pharmacy programs. She will also oversee the Student Success Center and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

May 7, 2015

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