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!

Meet Our Staff

Teresa K. Hines
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
(919) 658-7720

James E. Williams
Special Assistant to the Vice President 
(919) 658-7678


Ashley M. Henderson
Executive Associate to the Vice President
(919) 658-7761


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


Melinda Holland
Director of Annual Fund
(919) 658-7702

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


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


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


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


Hope Fields
Director of Alumni Relations
(919) 658-7714


Brooke Bitzenhofer
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
(919) 299-4626


Rhonda Jessup
Director of Public Relations
(919) 658-7754


Casey Heath
Graphic Designer
(919) 658-7785

Karen Smith
Graphic Designer
(919) 658-7824


Nancy Westfall
Director of Donor Services
(919) 658-7823


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.