Lees-McRae College President Barry M. Buxton announced the appointment of Caroline O. Hart as vice president for advancement effective June 1, 2010. Hart comes to Lees-McRae from Barton College in Wilson, NC where she served as assistant vice president for institutional advancement.
In her role at Lees-McRae, Hart will oversee all development, advancement and alumni relations services and activities for the College. Working closely with President Buxton, Hart will cultivate relationships with alumni, donors, parents and families, volunteers and other college constituents.
"Caroline Hart is a seasoned advancement professional, and I am delighted to have her join the executive staff of the College," said President Buxton. "Her experience and accomplishments at Barton College bode well for Lees-McRae's future efforts in fundraising and alumni development. She is a great addition to Lees-McRae!"
Hart comes to Lees-McRae with more than a decade of development and fund raising experience. While at Barton College, she first served as director of development and later as assistant vice president for institutional advancement. She managed a number of special project campaigns, increased the college's annual fund program, developed a successful alumni programs office, oversaw endowed scholarship programs, and directed many special events.
Prior to Barton College, Hart also held positions in development at Peace College in Raleigh and The Montessori School of Raleigh. She has completed courses in fund raising at Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. Her professional memberships include CASE and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
"Joining the Lees-McRae team is a great opportunity for me and my family. This is an exciting time in the life of the College, and I am looking very forward to working closely with alumni and College friends to take Lees-McRae to the next level. It's a great day to be a Bobcat!" said Hart.
Hart earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Peace College in Raleigh. She lives in Banner Elk with her husband Jim and son McRae, 7. She and her family enjoy soccer, saltwater fishing and simply being outdoors.
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