Wendy Parsons joined Monmouth University as the associate vice president for development in the Division of University Advancement on Sept. 20. Parsons comes to Monmouth from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, where she served as assistant vice president and later as associate vice president of development.
In her new role, Parsons will lead the school-based directors of development, the planned giving program, and prospect management and research.
“With more than 25 years in advancement, Wendy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us reach our ambitious goal for student scholarships,” said Jonathan Meer, vice president for University Advancement.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Monmouth advancement team and look forward to working with our leadership, faculty, alumni, parents and friends to achieve important new milestones in philanthropy for Monmouth,” Parsons said.
As a member of the senior leadership team within advancement, Parsons will report directly to Meer and work closely with university deans and department heads to coordinate funding priorities across academic units and centers of excellence.
During her tenure at Saint Joseph’s, Parsons managed the public phase of its $150 million Faith to Dare Campaign and led the fundraising teams in major gifts, planned giving, parent giving, and corporate and foundation relations.
Her leadership was instrumental in the establishment of signature programs, growth in endowed and operating scholarship, and in the acquisition of the Maguire campus. Prior to Saint Joseph’s, Parsons worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center for six years where she led their grateful patient fundraising program.
Parsons graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College, and earned her master’s degree from Stanford University. She and her husband, Mark, live in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and have two children, Abby and Isabel.