Institutional Advancement Office

Sheila Bird

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Position: 
Director of Planned Giving

As Director of Planned Giving, Sheila Bird is a member of the Institutional Advancement team and has leadership responsibility to manage a comprehensive planned giving program, including the Kelsey Society, charitable gift annuities, wills and trusts, non-cash gifts like real estate, stocks, and farm crops, endowed gifts, and gifts needing complex planning assistance. She will also assist the Vice President of Advancement to secure gifts for the Sterling Fund, Cooper Fund, major gifts, grants, and all capital projects for campus improvements.

Scott Carter

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Position: 
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Scott Carter is Sterling College's vice president of institutional advancement, overseeing planned giving, annual fund, alumni relations, advancement database/software systems, donor development and all advancement operations.  Scott also serves as a member of the president’s cabinet.

Marvin Dewey

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Position: 
Associate Vice President for Leadership Giving and Special Projects

Dr. Dewey returned to his native state of Kansas in June 2009 from Alberta, Canada, where he served as the president of Taylor University College and Seminary from 1997-2007. During his tenure at Taylor, the school’s endowment grew by almost 300%, and annual fund giving nearly doubled. For fourteen years prior to that, Dewey worked at Sioux Falls Seminary in South Dakota, first as the Director of Development and then as the Vice President for Advancement, participating in two capital campaigns, and leading the development, public relations, and recruitment staffs.

Meredith O'Donnell

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Position: 
Gift Receipting and Records Coordinator

Meredith O’Donnell joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as the gift receipting and records coordinator. She is in charge of maintaining the database of donors