Director of Development position vacant at Western

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Director of Development Jerry Pickman decided to step down from his position at Missouri Western in order to face a new challenge as the Vice President of Development at the University of St. Mary at Leavenworth.

With Pickman leaving, the Director of Development job is now vacant and could be for some time. Vice President for University Advancement Dan Nicoson said in a message to employees that he sends his best with Pickman and his family.

“This is not only a wonderful professional opportunity for him, but also one that he considers a spiritual calling,” Nicoson said. “He and I will be working on a transition plan and the exact date of his move to his new challenge.”

As for the date for the replacement, that has yet to be determined. Nicoson said it is difficult to predict how long the process will take.

“The search committee will begin reviewing applications after May first,” Nicoson said. “In the best of worlds, it would be great to have the new Director of Development arrive in early June, but this may not be an attainable goal.”

Nicoson said advertisement of the position has started and that the Director of Development must be able to establish a positive relationship with constituents of the University. The person must also plan the development strategies and have a good command of the principles of effectiveness. He said Pickman was effective in all of these ways.

“The opportunity at the University of St. Mary is a good match for Jerry and his family,” Nicoson said. “It will allow him to serve both his church and his profession, while allowing him to advance professionally. We will miss him here but are happy for him.”

The director is expected to bring experience, vision and leadership to building the financial resources at Western.

Shelley Scott, HR recruiting specialist, sent out a message to the administration in charge of employing the vacant spot. She wrote the candidates will have to have a bachelor’s degree and five years higher education experience. Also, the person must have strong leadership ability, energy and commitment to working. Excellent written and oral communication is wanted as well.

“The Director will serve as the primary liaison of the University with the Missouri Western University Foundation’s Development Committee and the University Development Council,” Scott said.

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