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.
Laquitta attended Oklahoma State University where she majored in management with a business emphasis. Before moving to her husband’s hometown of Sterling in 2010, she worked for the State of Oklahoma as the state social security administrator for state and local government entities for 17 years. She and her husband Don now live north of Sterling.