Harter Named Interim Advancement Vice President at Taylor

Published: Jan 13, 2016

Sherri Harter

Longtime Taylor University advancement administrator Sherri Harter has been named Interim Vice President for Advancement at Taylor. The appointment follows the resignation of Dr. Ben Sells, who left Taylor to join Upland-based Avis Industrial Corporation.

Harter has served Taylor for nearly 30 years in the areas of public relations, donor relations, and philanthropy. In her role as Executive Director of Development, Harter has overseen Taylor Fund, scholarships, donor services, and special projects. She also was instrumental in the launch of Taylor’s Women’s Giving Circle, a program that has raised nearly $400,000 for scholarships and faculty research and projects. For the past 15 years, Harter has worked closely with the Fort Wayne-based Foellinger Foundation on a summer clubhouse program for Fort Wayne area youth.

Harter also helped identify major gifts for capital projects that included Gudakunst Field (softball stadium), the LaRita Boren Campus Center, and the Euler Science Complex.

She holds a degree in Communications from Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Mich., and a Masters in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind.

“Sherri Harter is a dedicated, highly professional and gifted administrator who has served Taylor University with passion and distinction,” said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Taylor’s President. “Sherri’s service to our alumni and friends and her outstanding reputation among her colleagues uniquely qualify her to lead our Advancement team as they engage with our alumni and work to make the Taylor educational and living experience affordable to a wide range of students. We are excited to welcome her into this new role.”

“Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for education, and having the opportunity to be part of Christ-centered education for over 30 years is enriching and satisfying,” said Harter. “These are exciting days at Taylor University and I am humbled by this opportunity. I look forward to serving in this role with our dedicated and professional Advancement staff.”

Harter and her husband Ted live in Bluffton, Ind. They are parents to two sons – Thad, a 2012 Taylor alumnus (wife Allison Carr) who earned a degree in Elementary Education, and Tory, a current Taylor senior, who majors in Computer Science.

The Harters attend Hope Missionary Church, Bluffton.

Habecker said plans for a nationwide search for a new Vice President for University Advancement will be announced in the coming weeks.