Multnomah's advancement and recruitment departments continue to make changes in order to further the mission of the college and seminary. Marissa Newby, Ray Keen and Timothy Uthmann assumed new positions this semester.
Newby is the new executive director of institutional development. The position was created this year. Her main responsibilities include fundraising for institutional capital campaign projects and major individual gifts. Her new position will require an increased amount of travel as she develops relationships with those who support Multnomah.
"I want to create more opportunities for donors to be in touch with the campus," she said.
Newby has worked for Multnomah since 1999, when she came on as special events coordinator. She then moved to director of development and executive director of advancement.
Prior to coming to Multnomah, Newby attended the Culinary Institute and Portland Community College before graduation from George Fox University.
Ray Keen was promoted to fill Newby's vacant position as the executive director of advancement. He will oversee fundraising efforts for the college and seminary through mailing programs, banquets, the student aid phon-a-thon, donor contact and planned giving.
His main goals are to support Newby in her new role, to implement events and functions already in place and to make his staff's work more measurable and manageable.
Keen is a 1998 graduate of MBC. In 1998 he served as a residence director for undergraduate men's housing. In 1999 he became the director of alumni relations where he served for almost three years. From there he moved to the development department where he served for two years as the marketing team technical services director.
"To succeed, it's critical that I believe in the mission of Multnomah," he said. "And I believe strongly in it."
Timothy Uthmann was promoted to the director of recruitment after serving as an admissions counselor for the seminary. No sweeping changes are planned for the department. He hopes to grow into the position and continue to evaluate and refine current systems.
The recruitment staff is, in most cases, the prospective student's first contact with Multnomah. Uthmann is impressed with his team's performance.
"The team is just awesome," he said. "Their heart for people is amazing. They help students find their fit in ministry and they are on fire for their jobs."
Uthmann plans to continue and improve strategic resources for drawing students through magazine ads, the web, college fairs, church relationships and alumni referrals.
Uthmann is a 1999 graduate of MBC. He is also pursuing his master of divinity through Multnomah Biblical Seminary.