Sally (Bridges) Pendleton has been named Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Pendleton has served as the seminary’s Senior Director of Development since January 2013 and Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement since January 2016.
According to Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins, Pendleton’s familiarity with the seminary’s history, mission and goals made her a strong candidate for the position. Jinkins also notes how instrumental Pendleton has been with the successes of the seminary’s fundraising initiatives. In recent months, Louisville Seminary reached its goal of $2.4 million for the first phase of its Covenant for the Future capital campaign. This funding provides 100 percent tuition assistance for all master’s-level students. Other recent fundraising achievements include a $250,000 gift to fully endow the Betty Kilgore Gibbs Scholarship for Marriage and Family Therapy, and endowment of the Ross C. Royce Scholarship, which provides 100 percent tuition assistance to those who demonstrate to their respective churches and church leaders great promise for ministry.
“Sally Pendleton is uniquely qualified to lead the fund development and relationship building work of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary,” said Jinkins. “She brings together a passion for the seminary's distinctive mission and the dedication, knowledge and skills necessary to make sure that the seminary's future is even brighter than its wonderful history.”
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 nonprofit for a $4 million capital effort, and increased the number of volunteers from 120 to more than 1,300. Pendleton, who earned her master’s degrees in both divinity and marriage and family therapy from Louisville Seminary in 1997, also worked for the Dunn Mental Health Center in New Albany, Indiana, and the Family and Children’s Counseling Center in Louisville.
In her new role at Louisville Seminary, Pendleton will lead development efforts that include the annual fund, the next stage of the Covenant for the Future campaign, the Caldwell Society estate planning program, scholarship funding initiatives and others.
"It is a very exciting and engaging time at Louisville Seminary," said Pendleton. "I am eager to build upon our successful fundraising initiatives and increase financial support to allow Louisville Seminary to continue to provide exceptional theological education for the next 100 years."