Columbia College Chicago Appoints Jonathan Stern as Vice President of Development

Duties include overseeing fundraising, alumni, foundation/corporate relations, special events

CHICAGO (July 9, 2014) – Columbia College Chicago has selected Jonathan Stern as vice president of development. In his new role, Stern will partner with President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim to lead the College’s development program involving all fundraising activities, including the coordination and integration of development activities in the areas of corporate, foundation and alumni relations, individual giving, and special events. He will begin his new role on Aug. 4.

“Jon is a man of great sincerity and personal warmth with deep roots in the city of Chicago. He is passionate about applying his skills to supporting higher education, and he is drawn to our mission and our educational model,” said Kim in making the announcement. “I am confident that his extensive development expertise will help him to transform fund raising and alumni relations work at Columbia College Chicago. I look forward to working him to advance this great institution.”

Stern joins the college from Wabash College, where he served as the dean for college advancement, overseeing all aspects of fundraising, as well as alumni and parent relations. In his position at Wabash, Stern increased donor participation and achieved record annual fund totals.

“I am thrilled to join the Columbia College Chicago community, striving to prepare its students for what the world is becoming, not just what it has been. I can’t think of a more relevant, forward-thinking aim for an educational institution today,” Stern said. “I am honored to advocate for the college in support of this critical mission. I look forward to partnering with President Kim and working closely with our trustees, alumni, faculty, students, staff, and friends during this exciting time for the college.”

Prior to his position at Wabash College, Stern served 11 years in development leadership positions at the University of Chicago Law School, most recently as associate dean for campaign and strategic initiatives. Stern also served as the assistant dean for development and alumni relations at Northwestern University School of Law.

Stern received his Bachelor of Science degree in management from Miami University. An accomplished musician, he managed the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and later got his start in fundraising at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to more than 10,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit www.colum.edu.

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Media Contacts:
Diane Doyne, 312.369.7524, ddoyne@colum.edu
Steve Kauffman, 312-369-7383, skauffman@colum.edu

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