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 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.
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.
Teryn Irvin ’12, a local alumna of Sterling College, joined the Office of Institutional Advancement and External Relations as the new manager of alumni and marketing in September 2014. This newly created role on campus serves both the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Marketing and Communications, striving to build a strong connection between these two important functions of the College.
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 and creating letters, appeals and event invitations. O’Donnell came to Sterling College from CCH – Tax and Accounting, where she had worked for five years as supervisor of IT in the area of quality assurance for ProSystem fx Tax software and 12 years as quality assurance analyst for the ProSystem fx suite.