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Lyon College hires new director of annual giving

Samuel Locke will serve as the new Director of Annual Giving for Lyon College’s Office of Advancement.

Locke was initially connected to Lyon because of its historic connection to the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

“While I’ve worked in fundraising most of my professional career, I’m also a recent Seminary graduate,” he said, “and on track to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church. Lyon seemed to be a great place for those career paths to converge.”

Vice President for Advancement David Hutchison said annual donors and their support are critical to advancing Lyon College’s priorities for everything from scholarships and athletics to unique special projects.

“So, we are excited to have Sam join our team to work with our alumni and friends,” Hutchison said, “and others across campus to continue to grow support for our students.”

He continued, “In addition to a wealth of experience in development, Sam’s unique background will also help us continue to strengthen our relationship with the Presbyterian tradition.” 

Locke plans to find fun and creative ways to invite the Lyon community to participate in annual giving and support the work of the institution.

“I look forward to building on traditions while developing new ways to grow our reach and invite new donors to the table,” he said.

Locke received his B.A. in political science and his B.S. in secondary education at Indiana University in 2004. He earned his master’s in public administration at the University of Wyoming in 2007 and his master of divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in 2019.

Locke wants the community to know he is also a proud father of two children, Molly and Spencer, a huge NCAA sports fan and likes “hacking it up” on the tennis court and golf course when he gets the chance.

“We’re looking forward to working with Sam, and creating new opportunities for donors to connect their passion with the mission of Lyon College,” said Hutchison.