DePauw appoints Sheetz associate VP for development

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Kenneth L. Sheetz

DePauw's new vice president for development and alumni engagement has appointed her top deputy for the university's development and fundraising efforts.

Kenneth L. Sheetz has joined the DePauw staff as associate vice president for development, vice president Melanie Norton announced Tuesday.

Sheetz will oversee all of DePauw's development efforts, including annual giving programs, major gift programs and planned and estate giving initiatives.

"Ken's extensive experience, combined with his energy and familiarity with the liberal arts make him an incredible fit at DePauw," said Norton, who began her tenure as vice president earlier this month. "I look forward to what his leadership will mean for the future of DePauw, and for our ability to continue providing exceptional experiences for our students."

Sheetz previously served as the director of fund development at the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization Foundation. He has also served as executive director of capital gift programs at the University of Indianapolis, where he helped shape its $75 million campaign, which garnered support from more than 60 percent of the university's alumni.

"The strength of DePauw has always been the way it combines an extraordinary academic program with student experiences that prepare its graduates for lives of meaning and purpose," Sheetz said. "Our task is to remind our alumni and friends how their support makes that vision possible and ensures that students from all walks of life have access to this incredible form of education."

A graduate of Muskingum College, Sheetz earned his M.B.A. from Ohio University and has held development positions at Muskingum, the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and Wittenberg University.

Sheetz has also served as vice president for development at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and chief development officer at Christel House. He is the past president of the Independent College Advancement Association.

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