Jacobs Named Vice President At Central Methodist

Will lead CMU advancement, alumni activities

Joshua Jacobs' career has involved a variety of duties, but it has followed a common theme: working with people to strengthen relationships.

Jacobs now has a chance to bring his diverse skills and experience together in his new position as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations at Central Methodist University. CMU President Roger Drake announced Jacobs' appointment, effective Oct. 14.

"We are excited that Dr. Jacobs is joining the Central Methodist University team," Dr. Drake said. "Dr. Jacobs has a passion for higher education, a proven history of success, and a contagious personality. All of those will serve him well as he leads our advancement and alumni efforts."

"My wife (Sarah) and I were charmed by the campus in Fayette and were impressed by the institutions' efforts to serve the State of Missouri," Jacobs said. "I am very excited to join the CMU community."

Jacobs comes to CMU from Murray (Ky.) State University, where he has been Chief of Staff for MSU President Randy J. Dunn since 2008. Prior to that he served as an education policy lobbyist and as an event organizer for two Illinois Governors, and spent a year working for the Illinois Department of Agriculture's State Fair Bureau.

At Murray State, Jacobs was responsible for the daily operations of the university and worked closely with campus groups and individuals to advance its mission. MSU enrolls some 10,800 students and its operating budget exceeds $150 million. He worked on branding and case development for its recently-completed $72 million fund drive.

At CMU, Jacobs will direct a nine member staff tasked with various fundraising and alumni relations duties. The annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, prospect research, major gifts, planned giving, comprehensive and capital campaigns, plus alumni and constituent relations will be among his responsibilities.

"CMU has been innovative in its efforts to serve its broad base of students, and one of the goals for our Advancement team is to build upon the strong reputation of the institution," Jacobs said.

Jacobs will join Drake's Senior Staff along with four other CMU vice presidents. He will work directly and closely with the Advancement Committee of the CMU Board of Trustees, among other Trustee committees and the CMU Alumni Association board.

While his duties are diverse, Jacobs knows that it all comes down to a matter of working with CMU constituents and donor prospects to strengthen the financial resources of the University.

"I view my role as supporting the strategic plans of the other units on campus and of the institution as a whole," Jacobs said. "I look forward to connecting with our alumni and supporters as we identify ways to secure the resources that will make the plans of CMU leadership a reality."

In addition to his Doctor of Education degree from Vanderbilt, Jacobs has a master's degree from Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and his bachelor's degree from Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.).

He, his wife Sarah and their daughter Lucy will become Fayette residents.


Posted October 2, 2013