Corban College is another step closer to its quest to update its facilities, offer more scholarships and continue to build its programs. With the addition of its third Advancement Office employee within six months, the groundwork has been laid for long-term growth and development.
Businessman and church leader Dan Ostlund is Corban’s first director for advancement programs. Ostlund joins Vice President for Advancement Mike Bates, who was hired last October, in a vigorous to increase fund-raising, facilitate the college's future plans and forge ties with the community.
Bates has worked with Ostlund in the past and suggested his hiring to Corban’s board of trustees.
"Dan has years of experience in marketing and sales, has worked successfully in both business and the non-profit worlds and has a servant's heart. He is very relational and has a passion for higher education. He's a perfect fit for Corban and our advancement efforts,” Bates said.
Some of Ostlund’s first tasks include expanding Corban’s contribution-supported Annual Fund; finding, writing and landing grants; and researching ways to attract students and donors.
A Silverton resident, Ostlund comes to Corban with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience. From 2003 to 2006, he worked as director of advancement for Salem Alliance Church. He and Bates were extensively involved in strategic planning and in capital campaigns for the church’s expansion. Now the church serves approximately 2,800 worshippers from 25 communities.
During the previous decade, Ostlund was director of marketing for Supra Products, a General Electric subsidiary in Salem that makes lockboxes. Before that, he was one of four founding entrepreneurs in a software firm and a sales operations manager for Supra.
Since he was a teenager, Ostlund has looked for ways to support higher education. As an Oregon State University undergrad, he worked in admissions. When he and his wife, Amy, were newlyweds, they lived for two years on George Fox University’s campus, where they could mentor students. A two-year member of Chemeketa Community College’s board of education, he is now chairman.
“Coming to Corban was finally a chance to be on a college campus – and what that means is being a part of students’ lives,” Ostlund said.
College was the time when Ostlund grew substantially in his Christian faith. The son of a small-town doctor, he came to Oregon State University as a new believer. Interactions with Christian students and a Corvallis church helped him grown spiritually, and gave him a lifelong passion for reaching out to college students.
Ostlund earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1980 and an MBA from the University of Oregon in 1989. In 1981, he helped United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley raise top the $1 million fund-raising mark for the first time.
“At Corban, my leading priority is to write an advancement plan,” Ostlund said. “Mike and I are going to build as many strategic, relational connections with alumni, friends and the community as possible."