Vice President for Advancement



Founded in 1872 as Williamston Female College in Williamston, SC, the college moved to Greenwood, SC, in 1904 and was renamed Lander in honor of its founder, Samuel Lander.  After a long period as a private institution, Lander became part of the South Carolina state system of higher education in 1973.  Today, Lander University is a coeducational, state-assisted, comprehensive, regional, four-year university with traditional liberal arts and science programs, and professional programs in business, education, and nursing.  The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Lander among the top five public regional colleges in the South in its 2016 “Best Colleges” guide.  The annual report places Lander in the #4 spot for the category, which includes schools that “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education.”  In the broader Best Regional Colleges category, which includes private and public institutions, Lander earned the #44 spot in the South region, climbing an impressive 20 spots over last year’s position.  More than 360 colleges and universities are included in the Best Regional Colleges category, and schools are split into four geographical regions.

With more than 60 areas of study, Lander offers 24 undergraduate degree programs and five graduate degree programs: The Master of Arts in Teaching Degree with a Concentration in Art Education (MAT); The Master of Education Degree in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.); The Master of Education Degree in Montessori Education (M.Ed.); Master of Science in Emergency Management; and the Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader.  Students also benefit from the flexibility of online courses and distance learning, including online programs: the R.N. to B.S.N. completion option, the criminal justice management bachelor’s degree and the health care management certificate.  The Master of Science in Emergency Management and the Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader, are also offered in an online format.  Lander is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Lander’s enrollment is approximately 3,000 with a student body representing 29 states and 17 foreign countries.  Minorities make up 33 percent of the student body; 67 percent of the student body is female and 33 percent is male.  With an average class size of 22, Lander has a student/faculty ratio of 17:1 with 138 full time faculty members, of whom approximately 72% hold a terminal degree in their field.  While Lander serves primarily students from a seven county area and reflects the demographic diversity of this constituency, it strives to draw students from every region of South Carolina as well as from other states and foreign countries because a geographically diverse population better serves the educational interests of all students enrolled.  Lander predominately attracts qualified traditional full-time students but also welcomes non-traditional and part-time students.

For athletics, Lander is a member of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference and offers eleven men’s and women’s intercollegiate varsity sports.  A wide variety of club sports and an intramural program are also available to students.

Lander is situated on a wooded site of approximately 123 acres.  In addition to six major buildings erected since 1973, campus improvements have included extensive renovations to a number of older facilities, new housing complexes, athletics fields, and parking lots.  In addition, the University has proactively looked to the future with a new 10-year Campus Master Plan (beginning in 2011).

The city of Greenwood, located in the Piedmont of western South Carolina approximately 2-4 hours from the beautiful SC beaches and the Blue Ridge Mountains, has a population of approximately 23,000 and a total county population exceeding 66,000.  In this region that includes Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties, Lander has an estimated annual economic impact of $103.7 million.

In summary, Lander University is grounded in the belief that education is a liberating force which makes it possible for the individual to live a life of meaningful activity, of personal satisfaction, and of service to others as a neighbor and a citizen.  Lander has chosen teaching and learning as its principal concerns and provides a challenging education for qualified students.  The University’s long standing commitment to extending educational opportunities to a wide variety of constituencies reflects its belief that citizens of a free society have a right to the enriching benefits of higher education.

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The Vice President for Advancement reports directly to the President of Lander University and serves as a member of the President’s cabinet.  Other positions reporting directly to the President include: VP for Academic Affairs and Provost; VP for Business and Administration; VP for Governmental Relations; VP for Student Affairs; VP for Enrollment and Access Management; and the Director of Athletics.

The VP for Advancement is a crucial member of the university’s leadership team and also serves as the Executive Director of the Lander Foundation. The person in this this position will work collaboratively with the President, the Lander Board of Trustees, and the Lander Foundation Board to provide forward-looking leadership in securing the necessary resources for Lander University to accomplish its mission and vision.

The Vice President for Advancement will manage a staff of seven in development and alumni relations including the: Director of Development; Director of Alumni and Annual Giving; Assistant Alumni Director; and Foundation Accountant.


The Vice President for Advancement will be a strategic partner with the President, and provide leadership, motivation, coordination, and support for creating and directing a comprehensive fundraising program including: annual fund, capital campaign, planned giving, alumni affairs, corporate & foundation relations, and donor cultivation strategies.

S/he will advise the President on the resources necessary for the development of a successful advancement operation including budget, personnel, organizational structure, policies and strategy.  S/he will also identify, manage, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of major and annual gift prospects, on an ongoing basis, to ensure the success of fundraising initiatives identified in the University’s new strategic plan.


Qualifications for the successful candidate include the following:

  • A strong leader with integrity, and a strategic thinker, who is organized, willing to travel, and desires to excel at being an effective and sensitive advancement partner with the Board(s), President, faculty, staff, volunteers, funding sources and others.
  • High professional aspirations and the ability to serve as a mentor to a dedicated staff seeking leadership and professional development.
  • A record of achievement in higher education fundraising, or a related development context, including capital campaign and major gift solicitation experience; knowledge of best practices in advancement;
  • The ability to identify and pursue opportunities between on-going projects and potential donors.
  • Strong preference for at least five years of experience in progressively responsible development positions; competency with electronic donor information systems.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, including public speaking; must be able to effectively communicate Lander’s vision and distinctive mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.


Competitive compensation package including a flexible work schedule as needed and agreed upon.  Comprehensive State benefits package.

Lander University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, and national origin, in its education programs or employment.  All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States.  Lander University is not sponsoring H1B Visa.

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