“Serving on the board of my alma mater is a high honor and I am grateful for the opportunity,” Sockel said. “My Ursinus experience was very special and powerful. I bring intense passion for the college and a desire to serve the common good of its community. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees to take Ursinus to new levels of prosperity and prominence.”
A 1993 graduate of Ursinus, and a graduate of the University of Illinois John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Sockel practiced law for five years before entering the alumni and advancement profession in 2001. He served as senior director of major gifts and planned giving at Albright College, where he helped lead two successive record-breaking fundraising years.
In his current role at The Hill School, Sockel oversees all aspects of institutional giving while also serving as the board liaison to the institutional giving and trusteeship committees. He arrived at The Hill in 2008 to serve the school as their first director of capital giving before assuming the assistant headmaster role.
As a volunteer, Sockel served as board president and then national delegate for the United States Tennis Association/Middle States section; currently he chairs the USTA’s national nominating committee, charged with selecting the next board and its president; he also serves on Ursinus’s major gift committee as chair. Sockel and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Portia and Annika.
“On behalf of the entire college community, I’m proud to welcome Christian to the Ursinus Board of Trustees and thank him for his service to the college as a proud alumnus,” Ursinus President Brock Blomberg said. “He is a natural leader whose professional experience as a fundraiser will serve us well as we continue to celebrate our 150th anniversary and close out our comprehensive campaign. I’m excited to work with him.” —By Ed Moorhouse