New Vice President of Advancement Announced

DAYTON, Ohio (02/09/2011) – Sinclair College President Steven Johnson has named Madeline Iseli as Vice President of the Sinclair College Advancement Division. This announcement marks the next phase of Sinclair’s successful strategic alignment of a number of key functional areas.

The Advancement Division was created in 2007 as a result of the consolidation of the Sinclair Foundation, alumni affairs, grants, public relations, and government relations functions. These areas moved into consolidated offices adjacent to the Sinclair President’s Office to provide better functional coordination and sharing of resources. The combined move to the Sinclair Ponitz Center created needed free space across the growing Dayton campus, while positioning the President’s Office and Advancement Division to work together in a location that is much more conducive to community access.

The Sinclair Foundation, one of the largest in community colleges, is valued at approximately $25 million. Millions of dollars are contributed annually from the Sinclair Foundation to Sinclair student support and college improvement projects. Sinclair’s Grants Department, also among the most successful in community colleges, generates approximately $10 million annually in additional project funding. The Advancement Division and the President’s Office work together to maintain active, working relationships with over 100 organiza tions external to Sinclair, all of which have influence and resources needed by the college. According to Sinclair President Johnson, "The Sinclair Advancement Division organization facilitates an ever more strategic approach to raising money and maintaining important relationships with a large variety of constituents. The Advancement Division has achieved a clear and compelling message related to the central work of the college, and how helping more students successfully earn a college credential is good for this region".

Iseli brings to her new role at the college years of experience in community leadership and legislative relations. As the former Chief of Staff for the president’s office at Sinclair, Iseli played key leadership roles in managing the college’s internal and external communications as well as media and legislative relations. "Madeline is an outstanding leader and professional. She is Sinclair’s most skilled ambassador and has worked to negotiate countless compacts with key external constituents. Her work in Advancement will lead to significant resources and opportunities for thousands of students," said President Johnson.

Iseli was also significant with her work on the community leadership team that led the Citizen’s for Sinclair 2008 levy campaign efforts. She also provided substantial leadership on Sinclair’s historic Special Fee exception approval, the initial plan resulting in the launch of the YMCA Learning Centers, and the creation of the multi-constituent agreement and state legislation leading to the Warren County merger with Sinclair.

A screening committee of several Sinclair faculty and staff, chaired by Chief Financial Officer and Foundation Treasurer Jeff Boudouris, assisted Dr. Johnson in the process that resulted in the selection of Iseli. She replaces Tom Raga, the founding vice president of the division. Raga left Sinclair earlier this year to take a leadership position at Dayton Power & Light, and is credited for successfully implementing the initial phase of the new Sinclair Advancement model.

Iseli begins this new job on February 21, 2011.

About Sinclair
Sinclair Community College is a comprehensive institution of higher education offering a high quality education at the lowest cost in Ohio. The College has a 125-year history of commitment to serving the people of Montgomery County and the Greater Dayton area.

Educating more than 45,000 college credit students annually, and thousands in workforce training programs, Sinclair’s university parallel courses are designed to transfer to 4-year baccalaureate programs. Sinclair students can earn associate degrees in arts, science, applied science and technical studies.

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