Sally Pendleton, a 1997 graduate of Louisville Seminary, has been named Senior Development Director and will join the staff on Jan. 2 in this new position created in the Seminary’s Office of Institutional Advancement.
“Sally has a wonderful combination of professional experience in fund development coupled with a love for Louisville Seminary rooted in her theological education,” said Linda Medley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “We are fortunate to have her joining our team.”
Prior to joining Louisville Seminary, Pendleton served for six years at Bellewood Presbyterian Homes for Children, where as Vice President of Development and Community Engagement she led a five-year fundraising and awareness campaign, implemented a major gift program to position the non-profit for a $4 million capital effort and increased the number of volunteers from 120 to more than 1,300.
“With the seminary’s bold new strategic plan, Covenant for the Future, the need for outstanding fundraising and increased community engagement could not be any more important,” said Pendleton. “I am honored and extremely excited to join the staff at Louisville Seminary. I credit much of my success with the rich and meaningful education I received there, as it prepared me to engage in our diverse and beautiful world in deep and meaningful ways. ”
Pendleton joins the Seminary’s development team during an important time at Louisville Seminary, which last year announced a bold new strategic plan, Covenant for the Future that calls for tuition-free education for students starting in 2015, expanding efforts to prepare students for a diverse world through its Doors to Dialogue program, and capital improvements for student housing and information technology.
Pendleton, who has master’s degrees in both divinity and marriage and family therapy, also worked for the Dunn Mental Health Center in New Albany, IN, the Family and Children’s Counseling Center in Louisville and was a Chaplain Intern at the University of Louisville Trauma Center.
In her new role at the Seminary, Pendleton will oversee a team of three directors responsible for the annual fund, church and alumni relations and communications.