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GILMOUR APPOINTS DEAN OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT A

fter a national search, Gilmour Academy is pleased to announce that Mr. Justin Coleman has been appointed Gilmour’s Dean of Institutional Advancement effective July 1. He will oversee all areas currently under advancement and admissions. Mr. Coleman brings to Gilmour over 15 years of experience that includes fundraising as well as admissions and marketing. He will be coming to Gilmour from Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington, where, for the past five years he has served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. In this role, he has overseen all development, alumni, communications and enrollment management functions of the school. He spent the prior ten years at Erie Day School in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he served as Director of Development and Marketing. Before entering the world of independent schools, he served as Assistant Mayor for Community and Public Relations for the city of Erie. Headmaster Brother Robert Lavelle says, “Mr. Coleman brings a wealth of experience to the Academy’s current priorities and is committed to advancing our Holy Cross mission.” Dr. Todd Sweda, Assistant Headmaster, who spearheaded the search committee, believes that “Mr. Coleman has a deep understanding of independent schools.” He adds, “He possesses the experience to engage the Academy in effective communication and strategy for a powerful impact on our development and admissions efforts.” Mr. Coleman and his family are thrilled to be moving to Cleveland as it is much closer to their hometown in northwest Pennsylvania. Growing up, he says he had always heard of Gilmour. Now that he’s spent the past 15 years in the world of independent schools, he understands the operations of such

institutions. He says that there are “a handful” of what he would consider exceptional independent schools and includes Gilmour on that short list. He is very excited to be joining a team “filled with a lot of great energy and passion” and that Gilmour is willing to embrace the model of institutional advancement in which all three departments – development, admissions and marketing – “come together to move the institution forward and allow Gilmour to thrive not only now, but for the next 100 years.”

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Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  
Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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