Malone University seeks Vice President for Advancement

Malone University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Advancement. The university seeks an experienced advancement professional who exhibits a personal understanding of, and operates in concert with, the Mission and Doctrinal statements and Foundational Principles of the University - and who can advance the institution through significant fundraising and friend-raising initiatives. This position is an important addition to the university leadership team (the University Collegium), and the successful individual will be expected to grow alumni engagement and philanthropy, while enhancing the university’s brand and profile regionally.

Malone University

Established in 1892 as Cleveland Bible College with an enrollment of six students, Malone College (now University) changed its emphasis to liberal arts in 1957 and moved to Canton, Ohio where it was renamed in honor of its founders, industrialist J. Walter Malone and his wife, Emma Brown Malone.

Today, Malone has nearly 1,700 students enrolled in more than 100 academic programs, including graduate programs in education, counseling, nursing, business administration, and organizational leadership. Malone offers accelerated degree completion programs in management and nursing, as well as online programs in organizational leadership, MBA, counseling, education, and nursing.

Though the university is affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, Eastern Region, students from all walks of life are welcome. The Malone University community represents nearly 50 Christian denominations among our students, faculty, and staff.

The college boasts a student-to- faculty ratio of 13:1 and a graduate-school acceptance rate of nearly 100 percent. The smaller class size fosters a rich academic experience where faculty members know, care about, and mentor students. Although primarily a teaching university, Malone offers a number of opportunities to assist in cutting-edge research as well. Students may participate in an annual undergraduate research symposium, with some advancing to share original research at the state level through the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Students also have numerous opportunities to make the world their classroom through exciting internships, service learning trips, and a vibrant study abroad program. The University participates in several off-campus educational opportunities including the Los Angeles Film Studies program, American Studies program, and overseas student teaching and nursing cross-cultural experiences. Students are also encouraged to engage the local community through volunteer opportunities, internships, and other forms of community outreach.

Student athletes may choose from any of our 16 men’s and women’s sports. Malone’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) and as an NCAA Div. II institution. Malone University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges.

Malone launched a five-year, $25 million campaign in 2015. The effort will transform the university’s student experience and aid in the recruitment and retention of students. Additionally, the university community recently updated its Strategic Plan with a campus-wide approach to identifying priorities and engaging departments and campus units in the implementation of the plan.

Institutional Leadership

Dr. David King officially began his term as the 13th president of Malone University in 2012. Dr. King came to Malone from Eastern University where he had served since 1991, most recently, as provost. In his time at Malone, King has led the institution through a strategic planning process; launched new academic programs including criminal & restorative justice, environmental studies, and engineering; re-positioned the institution for enrollment growth; and launched a $25 million comprehensive campaign. He has been named to the board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio and serves as president of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Additionally, King is a member of the Greater Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and serves on the City of Canton Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. He has also served as commissioner on the commission for chief academic officers, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), board of directors of College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), and numerous academic committees.  He has been awarded an honorary life membership, distinguished service award, Diedrich K. Willers Award, and excellence in human resources practice award by CUPA-HR. 

Malone Today and Tomorrow 

Malone University is a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church.

The mission of Malone University is to provide students with an education based on biblical faith in order to develop men and women in intellectual maturity, wisdom, and Christian faith who are committed to serving the church, community, and world.

Its vision is to be the regional university of choice recognized for Christ-centered academic excellence, spiritual formation, student engagement, and leadership in thought and service.

Pioneering the Future is an ambitious strategic plan that is guiding Malone through the challenging climate in higher education today and to a prosperous future tomorrow. The plan includes 12 primary objectives covering institutional goals of Viability, Vibrancy and Visibility. The full plan may be viewed here:

Office of Advancement 

The Office of Advancement currently includes ten advancement staff, and stewards a budget of just under $1M. The advancement office works closely with the alumni association and its board to engage Malone’s more than 19,000 alumni.

Malone is in the quiet phase of a $25 million capital campaign, which emerged following a campaign readiness study completed by Doug Mason of Gonser Gerber, LLC. To date, $9 million dollars in campaign commitments have been made. The next leader will have the opportunity to consider how best to allocate resources to maximize campaign outcomes.

Canton, Ohio

Located in northeastern Ohio, the City of Canton provides its residents with many benefits of big-city living while maintaining its charm as a medium-sized Midwestern town. In addition to serving as the Stark County seat, Canton is home to such well-known national landmarks as the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, the William McKinley Presidential Library/National Monument, and the National First Ladies Library and Research Center. The City of Canton and Stark County are strategically located in the center of an economic resurgence currently underway in northeastern Ohio.

In addition to being the birthplace of American professional football and many important figures in our nation's history, Canton is also home to a vibrant arts community. The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Ballet, and Canton Museum of Art all give residents a place to experience art and culture from around the world, while our growing local artists' community is quickly becoming well-known as a dynamic presence in the region.

World-class hospitals and five area universities contribute a great deal to residents' high quality of life, while the natural beauty of our public parks and green spaces allow Canton residents some time away from the hustle and bustle of city living. With the cost of real estate estimated at less than half of the national average, Canton is as affordable as it is enjoyable. 

Candidate Profile

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Advancement serves as the chief fundraising officer for the University and is a member of the president’s leadership team, the University Collegium.  She / He has responsibility for overall fundraising and capital campaign strategy, reporting and results, donor / prospect identification and cultivation strategies, The Malone Fund, intercollegiate athletic fundraising, planned giving, alumni and parent relations, and church relations. The Vice President also serves as staff liaison to the Advancement Committee of the University Board of Trustees and provides strategic planning, administration, donor relations, and team leadership.

Successful candidates will exhibit a personal understanding of, and operate in concert with, the Mission and Doctrinal statements and Foundational Principles of the University. A Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree is preferred, preferably in the business / financial services arena. Five or more years of progressive experience in fundraising and a working knowledge of fundraising principles and operations is required. Proven experience in a capital fund drive is strongly preferred.  Fundraising experience in higher education is preferred with experience in the faith based higher education sector strongly preferred.


Compensation will be based upon the individual’s qualifications and educational background and how she/he relates to the requirements of the position.

Nominations and Applications 

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: 

Charlie Shepard, c/o Gonser Gerber LLP
1776 Legacy Circle, Suite 100
Naperville, IL 60563

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three professional references. References will not be contacted until later in the search process.