Corban hires new Director of Development: the school’s mission and White’s passion are a great fit
January 9 , 2009
Corban College and Graduate School announces the hire of Mr. Darrel White as its Director of Development. The position has been vacant since March 2008 while administrators sought a candidate with solid experience in Christian education. Joining the Off ice of Advancement, White assumes his role this month.
Overseeing all aspects of the annual fund, Corban’s new director will work closely with Vice President for Advancement Mike Bates and Alumni Director Deleen Wills. In broadening fundraising efforts, he furthers the mission of the College “to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”
White joins College leadership from his eleven years of administrator and advancement roles at Western Mennonite School. As Western’s Superintendent, he was a leader in helping propel their “Vision for Excellence” strategic plan and campaign. The plan helped transform Western, adding a new academic center and athletic practice facility and greatly enhancing technology. As a result, the quality of the school improved, the spiritual emphasis became focused, and enrollment nearly doubled.
Vice President Bates described White as the perfect fit for the Director of Development. “Darrel is relational, and he has a long track record in the Christian education setting. As a delightful bonus, he’s local and has knowledge of the region and established relationships.”
Bates continues, “Fundraising really is a people-to-people effort where we share the mission and vision of the College with those who have a heart for higher education. Having another voice on our team is essential for growing Corban’s capacity.”
White says God’s call in his life has been youth ministries, and he sees no greater privilege than to work for young people who are discovering their own unique calling from God. “While parents are the most significant spiritual influences in the life of a young person,” declares the director, “students spend most of their time in school and extracurricular activities—and that’s where Corban’s role is so important.”
According to Bates, Corban has already benefitted from White’s initiative and know-how. “Even in his first week here, Darrel has jumped into some very practical fundraising efforts. He understands Christian education and how the College mission is part of Kingdom impact.”