YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – May 27, 2011 – Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt today announced the appointment of Stephen W. Sturman as the College’s vice president for advancement.
Sturman, who assumes the role on July 1, has a rich professional background that includes operation of a family business and serving a key leadership role in a campaign that brought $376 million to The Culver Academies, independent college preparatory boarding schools comprised of Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy, both in Indiana.
“Steve is committed to community and to purpose – the notion of making a difference in one’s work – and it’s that sensibility that makes him a good fit for Antioch right now,” Roosevelt said. “His work at Culver required that he get to know a specific kind of institution with a particular history and highly engaged alumni. That experience, together with his proven track-record in fund-raising and sales, will be an invaluable asset as we work to firm up our foundation going forward.”
Since 2003, Sturman has worked as a senior fund-raiser for the Culver Educational Foundation, which supports the Culver Academies. He managed a portfolio of 150 significant prospects and donors. Additionally, he worked with a committee of alumni who were dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of the Culver Summer Schools, a 109-year-old program.
Sturman’s successes at Culver include the generation of deferred major gifts in excess of $13 million; the creation of $4 million endowment to support merit salary increases to faculty and staff; and generating an excess of $7 million over the course of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
For a 23-year period beginning in 1980, Sturman operated Sturman and Company, a manufacturer’s representative sales agency founded in 1914. As a field sales representative, vice president and owner/partner, he managed the Ohio sales territory, including key accounts responsibilities for Jo-Ann Stores, Revco Drug Stores, Kroger and Darice, the largest U.S. importer of craft products.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University and attended the Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Center for Philanthropy.
Antioch College, with the assistance of the search firm Isaacson Miller, began searching for a vice president for advancement five months ago, after Roosevelt began his tenure as college president. College alumnus Ron Napal has held the post as interim director.
About Antioch College
A private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch College will offer a four-year, undergraduate residential experience to a new class of students beginning in the fall of 2011. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is now completely independent of Antioch University, the multi-campus system it created.
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