Welcome to the Office of Institutional Advancement at the 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 the University of Mount Olive both internally with our employees and students and externally with the many people who support the 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 the University of Mount Olive to develop infrastructure. We develop planned gifts, which allow individuals to leave a legacy to the University. We develop alumni relations, which make it possible for our graduates to maintain connections both to the University 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 the University of Mount Olive to understand what we are doing to fulfill our mission.

All of us in Institutional Advancement are proud of the University, committed to the University, and give back to support the University. 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 the 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
919-299-4938

 

Ashley Mitchell
Executive Associate to the Vice President
919-658-7761

 

Melba Ingram
Admin. Assistant for Institutional Advancement
919-299-4582

 
 

Emily Jenkins
Special Events and Social Media Coordinator
919-658-7839

 

Dwayne McKay
Director of External Affairs for Athletics
919-658-7757

 

Melinda Holland
Director of Annual Fund
919-658-7702

 

Kari Sander
Director of Foundations and Sponsored Programs
919-658-7800

 

Jean Ackiss
Director of Church Support
919-658-7744

 

Sharlene Howell 
Assistant Director of Church Support
919-658-7786

 

Hope Fields
Director of Alumni Relations
919-658-7714

 

Anne Hamm
Administrative Assistant for Alumni Relations
919-658-7822

 

Rhonda Jessup
Director of Public Relations
919-658-7754

 

Mandy Hensley
Graphic Designer
919-658-7824

 

Casey Heath
Graphic Designer
919-658-7785
 

 

Nancy Westfall
Director of Development Support Services
919-658-7823

 

Teresa Hines
Director of Development and Planned Giving 
919-658-7720
 

Learn More About Giving to the University of Mount Olive

To speak with the Office of Institutional Advancement at the 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
919-658-2502

The 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 University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.