Weddle named director of development

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Kim Weddle is currently Missouri Western’s executive administrative assistant to the president. However, as of Jan. 5, her duties will be drastically changed, as she has been named director of development for Western.

“When we began our search to fill this position, we described our ideal candidate as one with fundraising experience, a passion for Missouri Western, knowledge of the local community and a warm personality that easily builds strong relationships,” said Jerry Pickman, vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Missouri Western State University Foundation. “Kim embodies all of those traits, and I couldn’t be more pleased to bring her on board.”

Weddle has been working in the president’s office since Feb. 2013. In this position, she provides administrative support to President Dr. Robert Vartabedian, organizes special events and serves as secretary to the Board of Governors.

As director of development, Weddle will be in charge of the Development Program itself. She will be working for the university, helping to raise private funds that will go into the foundation, and in turn, make scholarships available. According to Pickman, some of the functions of the Development Program include donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. Pickman also said that Weddle will play a vital role in the future Centennial Capital Campaign.

Weddle claimed that she has mixed feelings about leaving her previous position as the president’s assistant.

“I enjoy working here,” Weddle said. “I enjoy working with Dr. Vartabedian on a daily basis. But, I’m excited to get back out and really let people know what’s going on with the University.”

Weddle exhumed her excitement about going back to advancement. She mentioned that there “is no risk here,” meaning that she knows the job and the people she will be working with, and does not fear that she will have problems with coworkers or the job itself. Weddle also said that she and Pickman make a great team; she is anxious to be working with him again.

“I am extremely excited to have Kim rejoin the University Advancement team,” Pickman said. “She will certainly bring value to the development department with her leadership skills, knowledge of fundraising practices and understanding of donor relations.”

Before her position as the president’s assistant, Weddle worked as executive administrative assistant for university advancement; therefore, she has been doing the job many years.

Weddle spoke on what she plans to accomplish as director of development.

“I want to grow private donations. I want to communicate what great things are going on here at the university. I want to provide our friends the opportunity to invest in this great institution,” Weddle said. She also mentioned that she wanted to connect alumni back to Western in order to create a sense of pride.

Vartabedian also shared a few words about Weddle and her new position.

“While I really hate to lose her as my faithful and excellent assistant, this will be a very good career advancement for her and she is quite deserving of such an opportunity,” Vartabedian said.

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