Educational Foundation hires senior director of development

Educational Foundation hires senior director of development

Travis McDearmon joins the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation as senior director of development

After an extensive search, the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation has hired Dr. Travis McDearmon as Senior Director of Development.

“I am humbled Travis agreed to join our team, ” said Educational Foundation CEO Josh Lodolo. “Not only does he bring a wealth of practical fundraising experience, his research background will be key to sustaining excellence.”

As senior director of development, McDearmon is responsible for the strategic direction and vision of key fundraising priorities and leading the Foundation’s development efforts. He will also work closely with the CEO on strategies for high-level donor prospects and maintain a personal portfolio of donor prospects.

The new senior director will also collaborate with gift officers, Fraternity and Foundation board members, and other members of the senior leadership team on cooperative fundraising approaches benefiting all areas of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Previously, McDearmon has served in a variety of roles within higher education. His most recent position was with the Indiana University School of Dentistry where he served as the associate director of development. McDearmon’s other professional experiences include development positions at the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts & Sciences and Purdue University.

McDearmon comes to the Foundation with an extensive educational background, holding a  Ph.D. in studies in higher education from the University of Kentucky; a master’s in student affairs administration from Ball State University; and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Kentucky. He has served as both a researcher and an educator with a current appointment at the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy as an adjunct faculty member. His research has investigated the role of perception of college and university alumni and how it relates to institutional support behaviors.

Joining Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Kentucky, McDearmon served his chapter as president and risk manager. After graduation, he spent two years as an educational leadership consultant, where he visited more than 90 chapters and colonies.

McDearmon will join the professional staff on Aug. 1.

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