WOOSTER, Ohio – Wayne P. Webster has been named vice president for advancement at The College of Wooster, effective June 1. He will oversee all aspects of Wooster’s advancement operations, including major gifts, annual giving, advancement services, donor and parent relations, and alumni engagement.
Webster is currently vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Northern Colorado and has almost 17 years of experience in higher education fundraising. He served as vice president for advancement at Ripon College in Ripon, Wis., from 2010 to 2015. Between 2006 and 2010, he held a series of positions at Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Penn., advancing from major gifts officer to director of major gifts and interim director of planned giving.
“Wayne has a genuine love for and commitment to the mission of liberal arts colleges, reflected in his cumulative experience of 15 years with Ripon, Gettysburg, and Doane College in Nebraska,” said Wooster President Sarah R. Bolton, “and he is tremendously enthusiastic about joining the Wooster community. I could not be happier with the outcome of this search.”
“I am honored to be coming to Wooster at such an exciting and important time in its long history,” Webster said. “Wooster’s commitment to providing students with excellent and accessible hands-on learning experiences is evident, and I look forward to working with all the college’s constituencies to engage them in supporting this important work.”
Webster earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Doane College in Crete, Neb., and a master’s degree in management, also from Doane. He earned a doctorate in education from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Webster says he and his wife, Sally, “look forward to planting roots in the Wooster community” with their two children, ages two and four.
The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.