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Christopher Dudley '94
Senior Vice President
for Development
(336) 841-4530


About Chris: Chris graduated from High Point University in 1994 with a degree in political science. His mother, wife and brother are also HPU alumni. Chris received his master’s degree in athletic administration from West Virginia University and worked in business development at Tar Heel Sports Marketing in Chapel Hill, NC.

In 1999, Chris returned to his alma mater to serve as the Director of Athletic Development and Marketing. From 2005-2015, he worked closely with President Nido R. Qubein on HPU’s plan for growth and transformation. As Vice President of Administration and Chief of Staff, Chris led many operational areas including community relations, construction, security, food service and university events.

Since 2015, Chris has served as the Senior Vice President for Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Together with an outstanding team of dedicated professionals, he is responsible for fundraising, alumni engagement, family engagement, advancement services and the department of athletics.

Rev. Dr. McKennon Shea
Associate Vice President
for Development
(336) 841-9856

  About McKennon: McKennon serves as the Associate Vice President for Development, with responsibilities for managing the major and planned giving programs at HPU. This includes leading the team of advancement officers, as well as the conversations related to donors’ bequest intentions or other planned giving vehicles. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Major and Planned Giving for The Divinity School of Duke University in Durham, NC. He also previously served as Director of Admissions for Duke Divinity School and as a minister for Duke University Chapel. McKennon is an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church and completed his undergraduate studies at Hampden-Sydney College. He also received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and holds a doctorate in Higher Education Management from The University of Pennsylvania.

Erica Norris Burroughs, CFRE
Assistant Vice President for
Family Engagement and
Annual Giving
(336) 841-9641


About Erica: Erica serves as Assistant Vice President for Family Engagement and Annual Giving, guides strategic initiatives to increase High Point University’s broad-based, philanthropic involvement from HPU families, as well as various annual giving constituencies. Erica is responsible for the oversight of our President’s Leadership Cabinet and Parents Council (two philanthropic leadership groups for HPU Families), the Forever Families program, and the University’s Board of Visitors. Erica works closely with other partnership offices on campus to create opportunities for meaningful engagement with family volunteers.

In addition to annual giving and family engagement, Erica oversees the teams responsible for HPU’s efforts in donor gratitude and stewardship programming at all levels, and all electronic and social media communication for Institutional Advancement while providing various communication systems for other departments.

Erica earned a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Financial Fraud Investigations from Pfeiffer University. She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation from CFRE International. Erica is also a certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach.

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Rita S. Williams '92
Senior Director of

Advancement Services
(336) 841-9461


About Rita: Rita is the Senior Director of Advancement Services and a proud alumna of High Point University. In her Senior Director role, Rita provides management oversight and strategic planning for the development, implementation, maintenance and support of the University’s fundraising and alumni database, and prospective donor management systems. Her areas of responsibility include gift processing, reporting, data analytics, database integrity, information security, prospect management, and prospect research to support engagement and fundraising strategic initiatives.  Rita is a 1992 manga cum laude graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. She has worked in technology and data roles for more than 25 years, with a majority of that time in management roles. 

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Bradley G. Taylor '13, M.Ed.
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement

(336) 841-9548


About Bradley: As Senior Director of Alumni Engagement, Bradley provides leadership for the HPU Alumni Association and connects with 27,000+ alumni around the globe. He is passionate about sharing the numerous engagement opportunities with HPU alumni to share their time, talent, network and investment. Bradley graduated from HPU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Music. He was an actively involved student, both in the classroom and as leader around campus, including: Student Government, Honors Scholars Program, Residence Life and more. Bradley earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. He is an Eagle Scout and dedicated adult volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America.

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J. Bradley Purcell
Director of Gift Planning

(336) 841-9214


About Bradley: Bradley earned the A.B. degree from Duke University, 1983, and both the M.A. and the J.D. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1988.  He practiced law in Greensboro, NC for five years early in his career. As the Director of Gift Planning, Bradley will build relationships with HPU alumni, parents and friends, to motivate legacy gifts to the University, while helping to strengthen certain major donor relationships as well.


Michael Amos

Advancement Officer
(336) 841-9271


About Michael: Michael joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at High Point University in March of 2016.  He was born and raised in High Point and has been thrilled to witness the magnificent improvements to the campus in recent years. He now serves as an Advancement Officer, which provides an opportunity for him to meet parents, alumni and friends, while encouraging their involvement with the University. Michael has an extensive business background mostly in sales and leadership roles. Throughout his career, Michael has had a passion for volunteering in his community, and has served as chairman of many civic organizations and fundraising campaigns.

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Amanda Arnold
Administrative Assistant
(336) 841-9731


About AmandaShe serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Development. This position supports the Office of Institutional Advancement in executing effective strategies for the continued growth of the major gift and planned giving programs. Specifically, Amanda is responsible for meeting planning, drafting correspondences, office organization, and developing methods for efficient information gathering, among other duties.

Prior to this position, Amanda worked in the equine industry as both a Barn Manager and Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Averett University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Equestrian Studies. 



Belinda Bailey
Gifts and Records Administration Manager
(336) 841-9572


About Belinda: As the Manager of Gifts and Records Administration, Belinda’s area of responsibility includes management of the Gift Processing team, as well as data maintenance and research related to constituent biographical information. She manages data that enables the university to stay connected with alumni, donors, families and friends. Before joining HPU, Belinda was an adjunct instructor and professional tutor at a local community college. Her experience has included running an e-commerce and retail business, managing programmers and database developers, and teaching. She has also published in magazines and has had her work syndicated in newspapers. She has a bachelor’s degree and additional graduate work in math, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in theology. 

Kate Berry
Director of Major Gifts

(336) 841-9353


About Kate: In her current role as Director of Major Gifts, she helps oversee our team of regionally based advancement officers who travel across the country building the HPU network and enhancing philanthropic support to the University. Kate initially joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as a senior advancement officer. In that role, she partnered with parents, alumni and community members to engage them with the university and facilitate philanthropic investments to strengthen HPU’s educational mission.

Prior to joining the team at HPU, she worked in development at other higher education institutions and in the nonprofit sector. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish and has lived and worked abroad in Spain and Mexico.

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Jeremy Bontrager
Data Analysis and
Reporting Manager

(336) 841-2820


About Jeremy: Jeremy serves as Manager of Data Analysis and Reporting in the Office of Institutional Advancement. He maintains the integrity of the database and provides the necessary data for Advancement Officers and others across the organization to be effective in communication efforts with alumni, families and friends of the University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries from Anderson University in Indiana and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Rachel DeCrane
Advancement Officer

(336) 841-9857


About Rachel: Rachel joined the Office of Institutional Advancement in November of 2018. As an Advancement Officer, she maintains relationships with alumni, parents and friends of the university and encourages them to invest in HPU’s future. Previously, Rachel’s work has focused on fundraising and finance for political campaigns. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University.


Jenna Hanks Daughtry
Manager of Gratitude
and Stewardship

(336) 841-9324


About Jenna: Jenna is the Manager of Gratitude and Stewardship, where she supports the gratitude and stewardship operations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She also facilitates major and planned giving stewardship processes and events. Jenna graduated from North Carolina State University as a Goodnight Scholar with a B.S. in Natural Resources with a Concentration in Policy and Administration.

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 Rebekah Hatherly '19
Young Alumni and Student Engagement Coordinator

(336) 841-9829


About Rebekah: Rebekah engages young alumni and current students in giving back to the university in a variety of ways. She coordinates the senior and student giving campaigns each year to increase the philanthropic spirit across campus. She also works with the Young Alumni Council, an advisory board of alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years who are liaisons to the administration of the University on matters related to alumni engagement, development and communications. Rebekah also creates the online content for the alumni community, including the Alumni Newsletter, variety of emails and social media. She is a recent HPU graduate who assisted in the Office of Institutional Advancement as a student. She received her bachelor’s degree in event management from HPU.

 Alexis Helmer
Manager of Family Programs
(336) 841-9447



About Alexis: Alexis serves as the Manager of Family Programs in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She is responsible for managing volunteerism and engagement for HPU families, and overseeing programming and special events for the President’s Leadership Cabinet (PLC) and Parents Council (PC).

Prior to joining the team at HPU, she served as the Interim Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs at William & Mary. Alexis received her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from William & Mary. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Christopher Newport University.

Darren Hill
Senior Director of
Major Gifts for Athletics

(336) 841-9555


About Darren: Darren joined High Point University’s Institutional Advancement Office in December 2016. In his role as the Senior Director of Major Gifts for Athletics, he is responsible for advancing the institutional priorities of the University and the Athletic Department through the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts from parents, alumni and friends of the University. Prior to his arrival at HPU, Darren served as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Winston-Salem Dash baseball team. He received his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science, concentration in Sport Administration, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kerianne Kabureck
Advancement Officer
(336) 841-8671


About Kerianne: Kerianne joined HPU’s Institutional Advancement Office in April 2022. In her role as an Advancement Officer, she is responsible for advancing the institutional priorities at HPU by partnering with parents, alumni and friends throughout New Jersey and Long Island.

Prior to joining the team at HPU, she worked as a Director of Regional Development at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Kerianne received her MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. She also has a MA in Integrated Marketing Communications and a BBA in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Allie Key
Corporate Sales and Development Officer

(336) 841-9775


About Allie: She serves as the Corporate Sales and Development Officer. This position serves the University in cultivating and soliciting current corporate relationships in the surrounding area. These relationships serve as pillars of support for major University events and athletic functions. Allie also supports the University in soliciting for donations to HPU’s Olympic Sports.

Denise Lanier
Gift Processing Coordinator

(336) 841-9529


About Denise: Denise is the Gift Processing Coordinator at HPU, and is responsible for researching, entering and maintaining data in the Institutional Advancement gift information system, Raiser’s Edge. Daily, she enters gifts received by mail, phone and through the website. She also performs routine functions such as valuing stock and gifts-in-kind, running daily reports related to processing and balancing, completing deposit slips for daily entries, and preparing and sending acknowledgement letters to thank our donors.

Kelly McFeeley
Coordinator of Gratitude and Stewardship

(336) 841-9234


About Kelly: As the Coordinator of Gratitude and Stewardship, Kelly's role includes coordinating with Institutional Advancement teams to plan, organize, and execute gratitude and stewardship campaigns, as well as assisting with events and programs related to gratitude and stewardship initiatives.


Kelly graduated from Appalachian State University in 2021 with a B.S.B.A in Hospitality and Tourism Management. During her time at Appalachian, she worked as a Student Representative in Annual Giving and began building career experiences in areas of hospitality such as event management and destination management. 


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Daniel P. Moody
Advancement Research Coordinator
(336) 841-9459


About Daniel: Daniel collects and analyzes data in support of the university’s special project funding, annual support, scholarships and other sources of giving. Additionally, he is responsible for providing research to the Advancement Officer team and provides training for the fundraising software. He has experience assisting Ph.D. faculty with research through data collection and entry, statistical analysis, grant funding, publication preparation and oral presentations. He previously taught Sociology as an adjunct instructor, and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Sociology from Idaho State University. 

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Markita Rowe
Coordinator of Electronic Communications
(336) 841-9431


About Markita: Markita serves as the Coordinator of Electronic Communications in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She is responsible for the creation and distribution of effective electronic content that communicates the University’s engagement messaging to various constituency groups. Markita graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Graphic Communication Systems as well as a M.S. in Technology Management.


Michael Snipes
Coordinator of Annual Giving

(336) 841-9368


About Michael: Michael serves as coordinator of annual giving. In this role, he oversees the annual student calling program including hiring and training on-campus student calling staff. He assists with content production for various electronic (social media and email) and direct mail campaigns.

Before joining HPU, he worked as the annual fund manager for Old Dominion University. 

Susan Sullivan
Systems Manager

(336) 841-9133


About Susan: Susan is the Advancement Systems Manager, and brings 23 years of data management experience to the Institutional Advancement team. Her responsibilities include maintaining of data accuracy and synchronization with other University systems, detailed financial tracking and reporting, data imports and exports, reporting in support of other areas within the University, end user setup and training, and system support. She earned her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and a Master of Technical and Professional Writing degree from Northeastern University. 

Lisa Talavera
Advancement Officer

(336) 841-9817


About Lisa:  Lisa serves as an Advancement Officer, where she has the privilege to connect with parents, alumni, and friends of HPU- building strong relationships, while encouraging their involvement with the University. She previously served as Director of Advancement at Caldwell Academy, managing admissions, fundraising, marketing and communications for the school. Lisa earned a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Gale Nance Varner
Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President

(336) 841-9127


About Gale: Gale has proudly served the Office of Institutional Advancement as Administrative Assistant/Office Manager for twenty-two years. She provides a wide range of administrative support for the entire office, including assisting the Senior Vice President and Advancement Officers. Gale holds Associate degrees in Applied Science in both Business and Accounting. Prior to HPU, she worked in the banking industry, and served as Librarian/Branch Manager in the Davidson County Public Library system for over ten years.

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Pete Worcester
Advancement Officer

(336) 841-9352


About Pete: Pete joined HPU’s Institutional Advancement Office in December 2021. In his role as Advancement Officer, he is responsible for advancing the institutional priorities at HPU with parents, alumni and friends throughout North Carolina. Most of his career was in leadership roles in marketing and business development for global consumer packaged goods and textile companies. Prior to joining HPU, served as major gift officer for Guilford College. Pete received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and BA from Williams College.

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