Concordia University, St. Paul has appointed Mark Hill the new Vice President for University Advancement, responsible for the overall vision, supervision, planning and implementation for the university’s development and alumni relations efforts. Hill will be a member of the President’s Cabinet and provide leadership to the Board of Regents Advancement Committee.
“I am very pleased that Mark has accepted our invitation to step into the position of Vice President for Advancement,” said University President Dr. Tom Ries. “He has an extremely strong base of knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of higher education advancement, and a deep personal affinity for Concordia University. I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Hill brings 23 years of experience in fundraising and development, including the past two years at Concordia as Director of Development. Prior to coming back to CSP in 2012, Hill served nine years in major gifts at Valparaiso University. His career has also included stints as Concordia’s Director of Current Giving and Director of Resource Development at St. Croix Lutheran High School.
“It is the goal of Advancement to build relationships with alumni, parents and friends of Concordia; to share with them our story beginning with our mission, vision and promise to students; and to secure their partnership in achieving the university’s strategic initiatives through their gifts of prayer, volunteerism, testimony and financial resources,” Hill said. “I look forward to continuing the work with a great team of colleagues in Advancement in achieving that goal. I also want to thank retiring Vice President Rusty Seltz for his leadership and service to the University, and personally for his guidance and mentorship.”
Hill, who earned a MA and BS from the University of Minnesota, has held continuous CFRE certification since 1997. He has served two terms on the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) Board of Directors, and on several ALDE committees. Hill and his wife Carol live in Lino Lakes, Minn.