Lyon College is pleased to announce that Ann Turney has joined the college staff as vice president for institutional advancement. She was previously director for leadership gifts at Hendrix College in Conway.
President Donald Weatherman stated, “I am delighted to have someone with her strong background joining Lyon’s advancement team. In many ways she looks like a perfect fit for us given her knowledge of Arkansas, advancement and liberal arts education.”
A Hendrix graduate and 22-year staff member there, Turney was the first woman on the Hendrix president’s senior staff. During 31 years as an advancement professional, she has worked in major gifts, annual fund, communications, campaigns and events. She has also written successful grant proposals and established strong annual giving programs.
In addition to her liberal arts college experience, Mrs. Turney served for nine years as senior director of development for the UAMS College of Pharmacy in Little Rock.
She describes her new position as having tremendous potential.
“It offers an opportunity for the right person to make a major difference in the course of the College’s history,” she said. “That prospect is exciting to me. My career for the past 31 years has been focused on advancing higher education, and I understand the value of a liberal arts education.”
She classifies herself as a generalist in the advancement profession and plans to use her broad experience to assess programs and, within bounds of budget and institutional priorities, to organize staff and volunteers in setting and achieving goals. “I believe that collaborative work across departments and areas is extremely valuable in moving programs forward and earning support.”
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