The Office of Advancement is located in the Alumni House at the corner of Banner Road and College Drive (310 Banner Road is the GPS Address). Parking is available for Alumni House guests during the business day along Banner Road and in the Banner Elk United Methodist Church parking lot along College Drive. The Alumni House is host to not only Lees-McRae alumni, but also College friends, families, employees and the local community.
Brent Thomas ’85
Vice President of Advancement
Frankie Needham ’55H
Director for Advancement Services
Frankie maintains the accuracy of the College’s donor database, processes all donations, and provides reporting to support all alumni and development efforts. She has served Lees-McRae College advancement and alumni relations in a variety of capacities during her 42-year tenure.
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
Since joining the Lees-McRae team in 2012, Jillian has incorporated fresh ideas to increase alumni and family engagement in regards to events on and off campus, including ESCAPE and Homecoming. She leads the Alumni Association and manages the Lees-McRae Alumni Board, as well as leading the Family Association and managing the newly formed Family Council. Jillian coordinates milestone class reunions and assists all reunion planners in their work with classmates. Jillian serves as the current president of the Lees-McRae Staff Association.
Michelle Vance Scott ’86 ’90
Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
Michelle leads all aspects of the College’s Annual Giving program including direct mail campaigns, phone-a-thon, and the Class Agent program. She is also responsible for managing Bobcat Club giving and the annual Employee Campaign. Michelle is a third generation local alumna, and she has served the College as an employee for 14 years.