Schears named Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Having graduated from Cowley College in 2001 and worked at the school since 2003, Ben Schears has developed a passion for the institution. That passion along with the success he has had as the schools director of admissions and executive director of enrollment and outreach services, led to Schears recently being named the college’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
Schears was the recipient of the 2009 Young Achiever Award by the Cowley County Endowment Association, and was presented the 2005 Beth Tedrow Outstanding New Professional Award by the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO).
He is currently chair for the Leadership Cowley County board, immediate past-president of KACRAO, and just finished up a 3-year term as the chair of the annual meeting evaluations committee for the American Association of Collegiate registrars and Admissions officers (AACRAO).He graduated Cum Laude from Emporia State University in 2003 and received his Master’s Degree from the school in 2006.
Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee is confidant Schears is the right individual to serve as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
“I feel good that we were able to promote somebody from within to a vice president level,” Dr. McAtee said. “Ben is someone that has done an outstanding job for us in admissions and was wanting another challenge in initiating this new venture.”
Schears will work with the president and administration in developing and implementing fund-raising activities and directing major gifts, annual giving, planned giving and alumni relations. Schears will also be a member of the administrative council and oversee a Cowley foundation Board.
“I’m a Cowley Tiger to the core,” Schears said. “This college has done amazing things for me both personally and professionally. I’m excited to begin working with alumni and donors who are as passionate as I am about the lives we impact at the college.”