Bethany College has selected David Earle as the college’s new vice president for institutional advancement.
Earle joins the college after serving as Vice President of Stewardship for Stonecroft Ministries in Overland Park, Kansas. He has worked in fundraising for 17 years, also serving in development leadership positions at Sterling College in Kansas and Erskine College and Seminary in South Carolina.
“Bethany College is blessed to be able to recruit someone with David’s talents and experience onto our leadership team,” Bethany College President William Jones said. “He will help us increase support for our efforts to produce graduates who go on to become successful professionals who love God and love people.”
During his years in development, Earle has been actively involved in raising more than $40 million. He spent 12 years at Sterling College, where he began as a principal gifts officer and eventually was promoted to serve as director of development and alumni relations. He has more than five years of experience as a vice president.
“David brings to Bethany a level of professional experience and skill that is just what we need,” said Roper DeGarmo ’00, chair of the board of director’s advancement committee. “His passion, integrity, and faith make him a natural fit to work alongside President Jones as we all pull together for the future of Bethany. And, as an alumni of Bethany, I think other alumni and friends will enjoy getting to know David and will appreciate his commitment to our college.”
Earle stated that he is very excited to begin work with President Jones and the rest of the Bethany family to find ways to involve more alumni and friends in the support of the college. “I know small, rural, faith-based, liberal arts education. Faith-based higher education is a passion of mine. Our world desperately needs young men and women who, are not only well educated, but also receive the added value that a Bethany education and experience provide.”
Central Kansas is also ‘home’ to Earle and his, Sherry, who were raised in Haven and Sterling. They have an adult daughter, two adult sons, a son and daughter in-law, a grandson and one on the way. “It will be good to be back in familiar surroundings,” he said.
Earle will move to Lindsborg December 1 and begin his on-campus duties for Bethany College at that time.
“David is joining a successful team,” President Jones said. “Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, and the great work of Bethany’s advancement team, last year’s $2.3 million in annual support raised positions us for a great year this year. And, we need this year to be a great year for fundraising.”
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web atwww.bethanylb.edu.