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WMU Foundation’s Medders named Campbellsville development v.p.

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Alan G. Medders, president and chief executive officer for the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation in Birmingham, Ala., has been named vice president for development at Campbellsville University, effective July 1.

Meanwhile, WMU’s executive director, Wanda Lee, was the university’s commencement speaker May 5 and was awarded an honorary doctor of public service degree.

Medders, as president and CEO of the WMU Foundation since 1998, has been responsible for all fund-raising efforts for the national WMU operation, individual estate planning and asset management for nonprofit Christian organizations. The fund-raising programs of the WMU Foundation consist of annual gifts, direct mail, special events, major gifts and publications for the more than 1 million members of national WMU, an auxiliary organization of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Prior to his role at WMU, Medders served as director of church relations at Carson-Newman College, a Tennessee Baptist Convention-affiliated institution in Jefferson City, Tenn.

Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said, “I have watched Alan Medders’ professional career for many years and am most impressed by his dedication to Christian higher education and his ability to raise awareness and support for such. I can think of no one better suited for the position of vice president for development than Dr. Medders. He brings to this job a wealth of experience and know-how.”

“I am extremely honored to serve Campbellsville University in this capacity,” Medders said. “As a product of Baptist Christian higher education, I appreciate its importance in my life and want to ensure that young people today and generations to come will be able to afford this wonderful gift.”

Medders holds the doctor of ministry and master of divinity degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham. He and his wife, Denise, currently reside in Trussville, Ala. They have two daughters, Alison, 12, and Andrea, 6.

Carter, in presenting to Lee the honorary doctorate, said her “zeal for impacting America and the world for Jesus Christ and his gospel are genuine and infectious.” Since her election as WMU executive director/treasurer in January 2000, Carter said Lee “has guided WMU on an exciting path of new and reenergized missions opportunities.”

Campbellsville University, with an enrollment of 1,600, was founded in 1906 and is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

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