Nevada State College is proud to announce Erin Keller, CFRE has been named Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
Keller, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who brings 17 years of professional fundraising experience to her new role, will manage and cultivate giving for the College to support the institution’s academic strategies and long-term vision.
“We’re so honored to have someone with Erin’s experience and passion driving our mission forward,” said Bart Patterson, President of Nevada State College. “Erin is a talented fundraising professional, and we couldn’t be happier to have her leadership as we continue to advance the College’s priorities.”
One of those priorities – and one that Keller is particularly excited about – is continuing to align the institution’s academic programs to meet the workforce development needs of Southern Nevada. As Nevada State College continues to grow, there will be an even more pressing need for new academic offerings, new buildings, and scholarships that better serve the diverse student body for which Nevada State College is known.
“Nevada State College is truly part of the community,” Keller said. “The College sees what the community needs, and adapts to fill those needs – something very few higher education institutions can or will do. I am delighted to join in that mission and vision, and to help more students through private funding.”
Nevada State College is one of the fastest growing colleges in Southern Nevada, especially for nontraditional students. Established in 2002, the College was created as a tier between research universities and two-year colleges – with the former being out of reach for most of the underserved population in the area.
“The cost of a good education is getting more and more expensive,” Keller said. “I see my role as building a bridge to opportunity for students, no matter their age or background. Through the help of our generous donors, Nevada State College can lead the state forward.” Focusing on the future, as the College prepares to celebrate its 15th anniversary in the fall, plans are underway for a comprehensive fundraising campaign to be formally announced later this year.
Prior to joining Nevada State College, Keller was the Director of Development for the Lee Business School at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Keller is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She also holds a Master’s of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
About Nevada State College
Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State has grown to offer more than 45 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation, and has expanded its physical campus. Today, the college serves approximately 3,700 students and has over 3,000 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu.