National authority on advancement joins faculty

National authority on advancement joins faculty

March 4, 2015

John Lippincott
John Lippincott

John Lippincott, president emeritus of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, has been named to the faculty of LaGrange College's new Philanthropy and Development master's program.

"We are very fortunate to have a man of John's stature join us," said Dan McAlexander, college president. "It is a sign of our rising reputation that we are able to attract someone of his caliber to our institution."

CASE is a nonprofit professional association that helps schools, colleges and universities around the world strengthen alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. Named president in 2004, Lippincott was the longest-serving president since CASE was founded in 1974.

He has been called one of the best spokesmen and leaders in his field.

"John has fostered a better international understanding of philanthropy, and has provided a deeper insight into the impact of philanthropy in today's world," said Tom Thomsen, who is providing counsel in establishing the college's program. "He will bring professional experience, insight and leadership beyond what is commonly found in other graduate programs throughout the country."

Lippincott will be teaching a course in CEO leadership during the program's two-week summer immersion experience on campus, said Thomsen.

"This course will examine the processes of board leadership and governance specially focused on fund development," he said. "It also will focus on strategic planning as a means for successful program development and for preparation for a successful campaign."

Lippincott served for 12 years as associate vice chancellor for advancement at the University System of Maryland where he provided public relations counsel to the leadership of the 13-institution system, created an award-winning public television series, played a key role in state relations and provided communications support for two systemwide fundraising campaigns.

He also has held public relations posts at Ithaca College in New York and at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. Both his bachelor's and master's degrees are from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

"Lippincott is joining the faculty at an exciting time for the college," McAlexander said. "We are experiencing significant enrollment growth, launching innovative new academic programs, such as Philanthropy and Development, and planning more than $25 million in new and renovated facilities."

With all the growth, President McAlexander said the new program is a natural fit for the institution.

"It exemplifies the college's commitment to its Wesleyan and liberal arts traditions," he said. "It also fulfills part of our strategic plan, to add graduate programs that will benefit our students and our community.

"But this new program also shows the type of college we are," he said. "It demonstrates our dedication to preparing our students for lives of integrity and moral courage."


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