New advancement VP named
April 14, 2010
William “Will” Jones has been named vice president for advancement at LaGrange College by President Dan McAlexander.
Jones most recently was vice president for
institutional advancement at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol,
Va., following three years as a vice president for institutional
advancement at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. He will begin his new job
at LaGrange on April 19.
“Will brings a great deal of enthusiasm and
experience to this position,” Dr. McAlexander said. “He has a proven
record of elevating the visibility and expanding the mission of an
institution through his innovative fundraising and advancement skills.
“We are pleased to have him join us to complete our leadership team.”
At Goshen College, Jones oversaw development,
marketing and communications, alumni, the music center and church and
parent relations. His team increased the annual fund by 25 percent over
three years; set record alumni, faculty and staff, student and board
of directors’ participation in giving; and solicited many major gifts
while raising nearly $27 million.
Prior to his Goshen post, he headed up the Berea
Fund at Berea (Ky.) College. During his tenure, the development team
exceeded the overall dollar goal for the fund, set records for alumni
giving, increased alumni participation, set records for young alumni
participation and redesigned the college’s donor acquisition
“I feel honored to have been given the
opportunity to participate in the work of LaGrange College,” Jones
said. “It’s exciting to be a part of this incredible institution as it
begins a new era with Dr. McAlexander.”
Jones also has experience in branding and
marketing, communications and media relations. At Goshen College, he
chaired the integrated marketing committee, bringing together the
enrollment, development and public relations departments’ marketing
While serving as the managing director and
national coordinator of Call to Renewal – a national faith-based
movement to overcome poverty and racism – Jones coordinated 24,000
individual members, 2,000 local partner organizations and more than a
dozen national partners (denominations and organizations). As managing
director, he led efforts that reorganized and refocused CTR’s work.
In 1996, Jones was selected as a Southern
Community Partner by the Lyndhurst Foundation and honored as one of
seven individuals from nine Southern states to receive this fellowship.
In 2000 he was named as one of "40 Leaders for the New Century" by the
Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader. But according
to Jones, one of his greatest honors came when Berea College, his alma
mater, named him as the Outstanding Young Alum in 2003.
He has a bachelor of arts degree in political
science from Berea College and will complete a master’s degree in
philanthropy and development this year from St. Mary’s University of
Jones is married to Amy Jones and they have six children.
The college’s top advancement post was
previously held by Dr. David Rowe, who left the institution in 2009 to
assume the presidency of Centenary College in Shreveport, La.