Crumley named director of development at Central College

Central College

PELLA — Terri Crumley will begin as director of development at Central on August 1. She has worked at the college for 11 years, serving as director of admission since 2004 and working in the admission office since 2000.

“Terri Crumley epitomizes what Central College is all about,” said Dave Sutphen, vice president of advancement. “Her endless energy, passion and dedication to this institution are phenomenal.”

In her new role, Crumley will work to educate alumni and friends of the college about what’s happening on campus, keeping them informed about the many projects students, faculty and staff are working on. She describes herself as a “matchmaker” connecting donors’ interests with the giving needs of the college.

“I am excited to work with the amazing individuals who give their time and money to support the college,” said Crumley.

Crumley graduated summa cum laude from Central in 1989 with a degree in business management. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in vocal performance from the University of Iowa and spent 10 years there in research administration, arts outreach and teaching. At Central, Crumley has served in a variety of leadership roles, including interim director of financial aid and co-chair of the search committee for the vice president for finance and administration. She has also served on the Technology Leadership Council and numerous other committees.

“Terri brings a wealth of experience to her new role,” said President Mark Putnam. “Her academic background and teaching experience provide a deep understanding of our mission and purpose as an academic community, her extended work in admission brings skill sets in articulating the vision for our future and her experience as an alumna extends relationships she has nurtured within the Central family for many years.”

Crumley is also an adjunct instructor of voice at Central and performs around central Iowa. Most recently, she performed as a soloist for Brahms’ Requiem during the American Guild of Organists convention in Des Moines.

Crumley is passionate about Central and the people working to sustain and advance the college. She says the faculty and staff genuinely want what’s best for the students.

“It’s been such a privilege to watch the transformation of our students from seniors in high school to successful alumni. There’s so much potential in our Central students,” said Crumley. “I want to build a bridge between the possibility of what we can do and the resources that can make it happen.”

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