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Portrait of Josh Jacobs the new Marietta College Vice President of Advancement

This January, Dr. Josh Jacobs joined Marietta College as Vice President for Advancement. He has also joined the greater Marietta community with his wife, Sarah, and their children, Lucy and Hattie, having purchased a home very close to the College.

“If my golf swing was better, I could probably hit my house from the office,” he jokes.

Jacobs has a passion for higher education and for helping people and organizations reach their highest potential.

“Marietta College is really special. There is a great deal of love for this academic community,” he says. “We have so many remarkable alumni throughout the institution’s history who helped guide the College to this point in time, and I am struck by the amazing extended Pioneer family that is poised to challenge itself to achieve more than we previously dreamed.”

Jacobs hails from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, where he served as Vice President for Advancement & Alumni Relations. At Central Methodist, he played a key role in surpassing a $20 million campaign goal 18 months ahead of schedule. With his leadership, CMU increased annual unrestricted gifts by 126 percent and increased donors by nearly 49 percent.

“I am proud of our achievements at Central and see a lot of opportunity for Marietta College,” he says. “Marietta has aspirations to enhance and grow its outstanding programs, build state-of-the-art student spaces and increase scholarship and faculty support. It is the role of our Advancement team to be the dream-fulfillers, bringing people together to realize these transformational plans.”

- Chris Rynd