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Furman Appoints VP For Development

May 21, 2018 04:32PM ● Published by Kathleen Maris

Furman University President Elizabeth Davis announced that Heidi Hansen McCrory, vice president for college relations at Kenyon College in Ohio, has been named vice president for development at Furman.

McCrory will serve as the university’s chief advancement officer and be responsible for annual and endowment support, planning and solicitation of major gifts and capital campaigns, alumni and parent relations, and donor relations and stewardship.

She will begin her new duties at Furman on July 1.

“Heidi has an impressive background in higher education, as well as a broad understanding of the key issues that affect universities like Furman, especially in the area of philanthropy and alumni engagement,” President Davis said. “She is a passionate advocate for the liberal arts and sciences and the role we play in educating citizens, and we welcome her to Furman.”

McCrory has served as vice president for college relations at Kenyon College in Ohio since 2014. She oversaw a staff of 50 and served on the president’s cabinet. McCrory also developed and launched a $300 million comprehensive campaign and expanded both the stewardship and major gifts programs at the college.

Before going to Kenyon, McCrory spent 14 years at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, serving as associate vice president for development (2000-06), vice president for development (2006-09), and vice president for alumnae and development (2009-14).

Her other higher education experience includes serving as director of development at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (1997-2000), director of development for academic programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1993-97), and director of development at New England College (1990-93). She was also director of public affairs at the National Head Injury Foundation in Massachusetts (1986-1989).

McCrory is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and earned a master’s degree in English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where she teaches new fundraisers and sits on the Liberal Arts Advisory Council.

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