March 15, 2018
This spring, Annette Parker, vice president for finance and administration, will work with an outside firm and a committee of representative constituency groups across campus to search for a successor. As a consultant, Marsteller will play a leading role in onboarding her successor while maintaining the college’s high-level donor relationships during the remainder of the Keep the Promise campaign.
“This is the very best team, to a person, that I have ever built and there is no better time to hand over the reins than when the organization is so strong,” Marsteller said.
Marsteller was among those to shape the vision of what would become the Innovation and Discovery Center and, ultimately, the $100 million Keep the Promise campaign, the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in the college’s history. She says the campaign, the annual fund and the three pillars of Ursinus 150—Learning, Living Together and Building Lifelong Connections—are particularly meaningful to her.
“I would argue that she is the embodiment of each of those pillars. A fierce advocate for Ursinus and the liberal arts, Ursinus students, its alumni base, faculty and her staff, Jill’s leadership and strategic vision is unparalleled,” Ursinus President Brock Blomberg said.
Marsteller earned her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus, graduating cum laude with honors in English in 1978. She began her career at Ursinus in 1984 as an adjunct lecturer and then joined the advancement team in 1986, contributing to two successful major capital campaigns: a $20 million Patterns of the Future campaign and a $49 million The Next Step campaign.
Beginning in 1995, she successfully led significant fundraising efforts at Lehigh University as vice president for university advancement and at Haverford College as vice president of institutional advancement. In 2007, she served as the president of Cedar Crest College before being appointed in 2008 as the chief development officer at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. She returned to Ursinus in her current role in 2009.
“I feel very deeply that we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and I am very grateful to have been mentored by others while having the opportunity and great pleasure to mentor the next generation of advancement officers,” she said. —By Ed Moorhouse