Dear Marietta College Community:

It is with great pleasure that I share with you that Dr. Joshua Jacobs will be our new Vice President for Advancement, effective January 2, 2020. I know you join me in welcoming Dr. Jacobs and his wife, Sarah, and their children Lucy and Hattie, to Marietta College.

Dr. Jacobs has a proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals, including five consecutive years of the largest fundraising totals in Central Methodist history. He also played a key role in exceeding a $20 million comprehensive campaign goal 18 months ahead of schedule. Under his leadership, CMU increased annual unrestricted gifts by 126 percent and increased donors by almost 49 percent.

He has a strong reputation for mentoring and building a strong and dedicated Advancement team that will help the College reach its fundraising goals, as well as its engagement goals with alumni.

Hailing from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, where he has served as Vice President for Advancement & Alumni Relations since 2013, Dr. Jacobs previously worked as the Chief of Staff for the President at Murray State Universities ity in Kentucky. He holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Fielding Graduate University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Millikin University.

In addition to welcoming Dr. Jacobs, I want to thank the members of the steering committee, chaired by Michele Marra, our Senior Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services, for their dedicated service to the College in the selection process. 

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management