The announcement marks the second time Parsons, a Yellow Springs resident, has been promoted in Wittenberg's Office of Advancement. She joined the university in 1994 as assistant director of the Wittenberg Fund. Since 1999, Parsons has been director of the Wittenberg Fund, increasing annual giving to record levels in excess of $1.9 million. She was also instrumental in starting the Senior Circle Program, a pledge process for graduating seniors, and the highly successful 10-year reunion giving program.
In her new role Parsons will be more directly involved in developing strategies for completing Wittenberg's $70 million Defining Moments Campaign, as well as subsequent efforts to meet the university's capital and endowment needs, according to Dominick.
"I've worked side-by-side with Julie during her years at Wittenberg, and she has formed meaningful relationships with alumni of all ages," said Kristy Kohl McCready, executive director for university advancement. "Julie is a person who will continue to strengthen Wittenberg's relationships with alumni, parents and the Springfield community in general."
A search is already under way for a new director of the Wittenberg Fund, which is the annual giving program at Wittenberg that supplements operating expenses for the university.
Parsons is a native of West Jefferson, Ohio, and a graduate of Kenyon College.