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Dr. Robert Wilson-Black named Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Dr. Robert Wilson-BlackBethlehem, Pa., Tuesday, August 09, 2005—Dr. Robert Wilson-Black was recently named vice president for institutional advancement at Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. He replaces Robert Schoenen, who has stepped down after more than four years of dedicated and effective service to the College and Seminary.

“Rob brings exceptional talents and an impressive record of achievement in institutional advancement to Moravian, especially in fund-raising for higher education,” said Ervin J. Rokke, Moravian College president. “Rob was selected as our new vice president for institutional advancement after a rigorous and highly competitive search process. A committee comprising trustees, faculty, students, and administrators led that search effort. All of us who met and interviewed Rob were impressed at his professional and personal acumen, tremendous energy, unfailing collegiality, and clear commitment to the fundamental mission of a liberal arts institution such as ours. Those qualities will serve him very well as he works to elicit and deliver even greater resources and support for the College and Seminary.”

During the past three years, Wilson-Black has served as vice president for development at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. From 1999 to 2002, he was vice president of Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, where he led that school’s fund-raising, alumni relations, and public relations activities. Wilson-Black also served as director of College and Graduate Funds at the University of Chicago from 1995-1999. In these key positions, he planned and executed successful campaigns that exceeded established goals, and directed annual fund, major gift, and planned giving programs.

Wilson-Black has complemented his career in institutional advancement with equally impressive scholarship. A published writer and lecturer, he earned a B.A. in Religion & Sociology, and an M.H. in History from the University of Richmond; and an M.A. in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in American History and Religion from the University of Chicago.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.