Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has called Judith H. Johnston to serve as Director of the Annual Fund, a fundraising position in the Office for Seminary Relations. Johnston, who lives in Louisville, Ky., will begin her new responsibilities on August 1.
"Judith Johnston's impressive career in the field of development has blessed her with leadership experiences in capital campaigns, planned giving and major gifts programs, marketing, communications, event planning, and volunteer development and coordination. She is well-prepared to direct our Annual Fund, which is indispensable to the ongoing mission of our Seminary Relations Office,” said President Dean K. Thompson.
Johnston’s career began with an involvement in her children’s school fundraising events, which she said confirmed in her a passion for development work.
In the past 14 years, she has directed the overall fundraising, communications, and marketing efforts of three Louisville-area non-profit organizations. From 1993 to 1995 she served as Development Director of the Kentuckiana Hemophilia Foundation in Louisville and then as Executive Director of the Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation in Jeffersonville, Ind., for seven years. Most recently, she was Chief Development Officer with Bridgepointe Services & Goodwill of Southern Indiana in Clarksville.
As the director of Louisville Seminary’s Annual Fund, Johnston will be responsible for the overall operational administration of activities related to the annual giving program, while also playing a significant role in building other long-term philanthropic support for Louisville Seminary.
“The long-term success of any fundraising effort is only as successful as an organization’s Annual Fund,” said Associate Vice President for Seminary Relations Dale Melton. “The Seminary’s Annual Fund is buoyed by a strong alum support base, which at nearly 40% has doubled the industry standards of support among many educational institutions. Additionally, the Seminary benefits from a diverse donor constituency, which includes trustees, churches, employees, individuals, and foundations. Judy will be able to take this strong foundation and lead it forward with a vibrant vision and focus.”
Previously, oversight of the Annual Fund was combined with responsibilities for alum relations. “By dividing the position into two administrative program areas, we have increased the number of frontline representatives, who will help develop for the Seminary internal and external relationships among individuals, churches, and organizations,” said Melton, who added that the reconfiguration was accomplished without increasing the overall headcount in the Seminary Relations department.
In an earlier release, the Seminary announced that Rev. Leah Bradley, an LPTS alum, will serve in the new Director of Alum and Church Relations position.
It was also announced that Sylvia A. Malone will join the Seminary Relations team as Assistant to the Annual Fund, beginning August 6.
For 13 years, Malone was a senior administrative assistant with program staff at Presbyterian Church (USA) in Louisville, where she was responsible for managing, directing, and supervising executive level management. She has also provided executive assistance at the Muhammed Ali Museum and Education Center, General Electric-Appliance Park, and Automatic Air Corporation, all in Louisville.
In her support of Johnston and the Annual Fund Office, Malone will help coordinate special events, solicitation strategies, and the processing, acknowledging, and reporting of donor gifts.