Corban College hires new Director of Development

From Corban College, Salem

Corban College and Graduate School announces the hire of Darrel White as its Director of Development. The position has been vacant since March 2008 while administrators sought a candidate with significant fundraising experience and a background in Christian education. Joining the Office of Advancement, White assumes his role this month.

White joins Corban following eleven years in administrative and advancement roles at Western Mennonite School. Most recently as Western’s Superintendent, he was a leader in helping propel their “Vision for Excellence” strategic plan and campaign. This plan helped transform Western, adding a new academic center, athletic practice facility and greatly enhancing technology. As a result of this strategic endeavor, the quality of the school improved, its purpose became focused, and enrollment nearly doubled.

At Corban, White will help lead all aspects of the College’s fundraising efforts, with specific responsibility for the Annual Fund. As part of the advancement team, he will work closely with Vice President for Advancement Mike Bates and Alumni Director Deleen Wills.

Vice President Bates described White as the perfect fit for Corban. “Darrel is relational, is a man of integrity, and he has a long and successful track record in a Christian educational setting. As an added bonus, he is from the Salem area and has established relationships in the region.”

“Fundraising is a people-to-people connection where we share the mission and vision of the College with those who have a heart for values-integrated higher education,” Bates continues. “Darrel is passionate about our mission. Having another voice advancing this message is essential for growing Corban. We are delighted to have him as part of our team.”

White says God’s call in his life has been youth ministries, and he sees no greater privilege than to work for young people who are discovering their own unique calling from God. “While parents are the most significant spiritual influence in the life of a young person,” declares the director, “students spend most of their time in school and extracurricular activities—and that’s where Corban’s role is so important.”

According to Bates, Corban has already benefited from White’s initiative and know-how. “Even in his first week here, Darrel has jumped into some very practical fundraising efforts. He understands Christian education and how the College mission is part of Kingdom impact.”


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