Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing
Staff Listing

Scott PetersonVice President for University Relations

Rev. Scott Peterson
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4132

Scott Peterson oversees the work of Campus Ministries, Church Relations, University Marketing, and University Advancement. He provides overall leadership and management for the comprehensive programs within each area of University Relations and is responsible for internal and external communications. Scott serves on the Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to the President.

Laura ShortManaging Director of University Advancement

Laura Short ('09 MSM)
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4302

Laura leads University Advancement which encompasses Alumni Relations and Development. She coordinates development strategies which include major gifts, donor cultivation, planned giving, corporate sponsorship, stewardship and special events. Laura works closely with the Vice President for University Relations developing advancement and alumni initiatives.


Esther CarpenterGift Receipts and Records Coordinator

Esther Carpenter
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4332

Esther diligently ensures that every gift is processed, recorded, and receipted properly. She works closely with development staff and Accounting to properly document the philanthropic support of all MVNU constituencies.

Terry DunnavantMVNU Student Connect Coordinator

Terry Dunnavant
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4141

Terry leads the efforts for our MVNU Student Connect initiatives working directly with student callers. Our student calling strategies span the entire academic year and MVNU students have the opportunity to connect with alumni, donors, parents, and other University friends. Terry's work involves training student callers, planning calling sessions, implementing stewardship plans, and reporting progress.

Heather HoagAssistant for Alumni Relations

Heather Hoag ('98 BA)
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4310

Heather assists the Director of Alumni Relations with office organization and administrative responsibilities. She is instrumental in the maintenance of alumni records, assists with the coordination of Homecoming and other alumni events, and collaborates with Marketing in the production of various alumni mailings.

Deb Oakes, Photo UpcomingDevelopment Services Coordinator

Deb Oakes
Phone: (740) 397-9000, Ext. 4331

Deb manages endowment and scholarship records, contacts, and awarding. She works closely with Student Financial Services to ensure that scholarship allocations are distributed to MVNU students. She also assists the Managing Director with prospect management, various donor and alumni reports, and maintaining annual and cumulative donor records that are listed in annual donor report.

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