Mount Mercy names vice president for institutional advancement

Mount Mercy College announced today that Lonna Drewelow ’86 has been named vice president for institutional advancement. She will begin her duties November 1, 2009.

Drewelow will provide strategic direction, vision and management of Mount Mercy’s comprehensive fundraising program, serve as the institution’s chief development officer, and oversee staff in development, alumni relations, and communications and marketing. Drewelow will work closely with Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake to plan, implement and oversee major gifts, annual giving, alumni relations, community relations, planned giving, foundations and grants. 

Drewelow previously served Mount Mercy as director of major gifts and director of alumni services, where she facilitated and strengthened connections between Mount Mercy alumni and the institution through communications and special events, and cultivated relationships that supported and enhanced Mount Mercy’s mission. 

“We are pleased to have Lonna’s leadership and vision continue to guide Mount Mercy in her new capacity as vice president,” says Blake. “Lonna’s experiences, talent and potential equip her excellently to undertake this executive role.” 

Drewelow joined Mount Mercy in 1988 as capital campaign coordinator for the Vision for Tomorrow Campaign, an initiative that established the Mount Mercy Busse Library. She was also intimately involved in the institution’s most recent campaign, which yielded the creation of Basile Hall. She is a 1986 graduate of Mount Mercy with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree


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