The annual award is given to recognize the accomplishments of distinguished graduates who have excelled in professional endeavors and who have demonstrated service to their greater communities. Marsteller, who received her master’s degree in English from Villanova in 1980, was honored as the Graduate Alumni Medallion recipient at a special ceremony on the Villanova campus.
“I am honored and deeply appreciative of this medal, especially in the current climate of controversy and the public debate surrounding higher education generally and the liberal arts specifically,” she said at the ceremony. “But I urge you to spend some time in the coming weeks and months reflecting on how this type of education has shaped your life and the lives of others… I ask you, then, to share this award with me and use your voice, your philanthropy, and your life to be a proponent for the liberal arts and sciences.”
Ursinus Interim President Terry Winegar said, “We are particularly honored when another College recognizes the excellent work of one of our own. My colleague Jill Marsteller is most deserving of this recognition, which not only brings honor to Ursinus College, but recognizes the critical role of the Ursinus Advancement Department in transforming the lives of our students.”
Marsteller earned her undergraduate degree from Ursinus College, graduating cum laude with honors in English, and began her Advancement career at Ursinus working on two successful major capital campaigns. She also served as an adjunct lecturer in the Ursinus English department.
She served in several positions at Lehigh University before being appointed Vice President for University Advancement, securing a $25 million gift to name the College of Engineering, the largest single gift in Lehigh’s history.
As Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Haverford College, Marsteller contributed to the most dynamic period of programmatic growth in Haverford’s history, leading a successful $200 million capital campaign and revamping many philanthropic. She led an effort that doubled annual giving, while significantly increasing alumni participation, and through philanthropy enabled the creation of three new integrated academic centers. As a result, Haverford was recognized with a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award for the most improved fundraising programs. She also developed faculty initiatives, oversaw a branding initiative and established the first comprehensive Parents’ Program at the college.
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 College in 2009, and has laid the groundwork for a comprehensive campaign, Moving the Ursinus Vision Forward: Promises to Keep.
Marsteller has been a consultant to various organizations and foundations including the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, The Haverford School, Haverford, Pa., The Knowles Science and Teaching Foundation, The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, New York, N.Y., and Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Ct., and is a member of the Forum for Executive Women and AAUW. She was Founding Chair of the Parents’ Program at Albright College. She previously sat on the Boards of the YWCA and the Perkiomen School.