Antioch College

Antioch College names advancement head

On Friday, May 27, Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced that Stephen W. Sturman has been hired as the college’s new vice president for advancement.

The college, with assistance from the search firm Isaacson Miller, has been searching for a head fund-raiser for the college for about six months, since Roosevelt began his tenure as president.

Sturman, who will begin his work at Antioch July 1, was formerly a senior fund raiser for the Culver Educational Foundation, which supports the Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy, both in Culver, Indiana.

He was instrumental in raising $376 million for the schools, according to an Antioch College press release.

“Steve is committed to community and to purpose — the notion of making a difference in one’s work — and it’s that sensibility that makes him a good fit for Antioch right now,” Roosevelt said in the press statement. “His work at Culver required that he get to know a specific kind of institution with a particular history and highly engaged alumni. That experience, together with his proven track record in fund-raising and sales, will be an invaluable asset as we work to firm up our foundation going forward.”

Sturman worked as a fund-raiser for the Culver Foundation since 2003. In that position, he managed a portfolio of 150 significant prospects and donors. His successes at Culver include the generation of deferred major gifts of more than $13 million; the creation of a $4 million endowment to support merit salary increases to faculty and staff; and generating an excess of $7 million over the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

Before that job, Sturman for 23 years operated Sturman and Company, a manufacturer’s representative sales agency founded in 1914. As a sales representative and owner/partner, he managed the Ohio sales territory, including accounts responsibilities for Jo-Ann Stores, Revco Drug Stores and Kroger.

Sturman earned a bachelors of science in management degree from Purdue University and attended the Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Center for Philanthropy.

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