Welcome to the Office of Institutional Advancement at University of Mount Olive

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Message from the VP for Institutional Advancement

I am both happy and honored to welcome you to the Office of Institutional Advancement. It is our goal to advance University of Mount Olive both internally with our employees and students and externally with the many people who support University of Mount Olive. Our team has several responsibilities, all of which are connected. We raise the Annual Fund, which helps cover the operational expenses that make it possible for the faculty to teach, the students to learn, the coaches to coach, and the athletes to compete. We raise capital funds, which make it possible for University of Mount Olive to develop infrastructure. We develop planned gifts, which allow individuals to leave a legacy to the College. We develop alumni relations, which make it possible for our graduates to maintain connections both to the College and to each other. We research and write grant proposals for sponsored programs. We develop and maintain vital relationships with our founding church. We also create a large assortment of public relations publications that make it possible for people who support University of Mount Olive to understand what we are doing to fulfill our mission.

All of us in Institutional Advancement are proud of the College, committed to the College, and give back to support the College. That is because we treasure the transformation of the lives of our students through higher education. We would love it if you would join us in supporting University of Mount Olive with your gifts, and we will gladly support you in making your gift a reality!

John Blackwell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement


Meet Our Staff

John Blackwell
Vice President for Institutional Advancement


Ashley Mitchell
Executive Associate to the Vice President


Melba Ingram
Admin. Assistant for Institutional Advancement


Emily Jenkins
Special Events and Social Media Coordinator


Dwayne McKay
Director of External Affairs for Athletics


Melinda Holland
Director of Annual Fund


Kari Sander
Director of Foundations and Sponsored Programs


Jean Ackiss
Director of Church Support


Sharlene Howell 
Assistant Director of Church Support


Hope Fields
Director of Alumni Relations


Anne Hamm
Administrative Assistant for Alumni Relations


Rhonda Jessup
Director of Public Relations


Mandy Hensley
Graphic Designer


Casey Heath
Graphic Designer


Nancy Westfall
Director of Development Support Services


Learn More About Giving to University of Mount Olive

To speak with the Office of Institutional Advancement at University of Mount Olive, please contact a member of our development team or contact us using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you.

545 Michael Martin Drive
Mount Olive, NC 28365

University of Mount Olive thrives because of the support of numerous individuals.We are a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.