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One University Parkway, Drawer 29
High Point, NC 27268
(336) 841-9127
Roberts Hall 320



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


About Chris: Chris graduated from HPU in 1994 with a degree in political science. His mother, wife and brother are also HPU alumni. Prior to returning to HPU in 1999, he received his master’s degree in athletic administration from West Virginia University and worked at Tar Heel Sports Marketing in Chapel Hill, NC. After serving for five years as the Director of Athletic Development and Marketing in the Office of Institutional Advancement, Chris led many of the operational areas for the university including construction, security, food service and events, as Vice President of Administration and Chief of Staff. In January 2015, Chris returned to the Office of Institutional Advancement as Senior Vice President for Development to lead the areas of development, alumni engagement and family engagement.  

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

  About McKennon: McKennon serves as the Assistant 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
Senior Director of Family Engagement and
Annual Giving
(336) 841-9641


About Erica: Erica serves as Sr. Director of 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 offices on campus to create opportunities for meaningful engagement with family volunteers. Erica earned a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Financial Fraud Investigations from Pfeiffer University. She is also a certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach. 


Rita S. Williams '92
Director of Advancement Services
(336) 841-9461


About Rita: Rita is the Director of Advancement Services and an alumna of High Point University. As the Director of Advancement Services, Rita provides management oversight and strategic planning for the development, implementation and support of the University’s fundraising and alumni database, and prospect management systems. Her areas of responsibility include gift processing, reporting, data analysis, database integrity, information security, prospect management, prospect research, and stewardship. Rita is a 1992 graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. She has worked in technology and data roles for more than 25 years.

Bradley G. Taylor, M.Ed. '13
Director of Alumni Engagement
(336) 841-9548


About Bradley: Bradley will connect with and lead the HPU Alumni Association. He 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. Bradley was an actively involved student both in the classroom and as leader around campus, including: Student Government, Honors Scholars Program, Residence Life and more. He obtained 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.

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. 

Belinda Bailey
Data Analyst
(336) 841-9572


About Belinda: Belinda joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as a data analyst. She performs data maintenance and research related to constituent biographical information for the office and manages data that enables the university to stay connected with alumni, donors, families and friends. Before joining HPU, Bailey was an adjunct instructor and professional tutor at Guilford Technical Community College. Her experience has included running an e-commerce and retail business, managing programmers and database developers at Ciba, 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.

Jeremy Bontrager
Data Analyst
(336) 841-2820


About Jeremy:  Jeremy serves as a Data Analyst 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.  Before joining High Point University, Jeremy was the Registrar at Piedmont International 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.


Allie Crouse
Administrative Assistant
(336) 841-9775


About Allie: She serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Development. This position supports them in the execution of strategies designed to increase the effectiveness of the major and planned giving programs at HPU. Allie assists in coordinating meetings, training sessions, seminars and other relevant events for this area. Prior to this position, she was the owner of a small business in her hometown of Lexington, North Carolina.  Allie holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Averett University as a Presidential Scholar.


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
Coordinator of Gratitude and Stewardship
(336) 841-9324


About Jenna: Jenna is the Coordinator of Gratitude and Stewardship where she will support the gratitude and stewardship operations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She will also facilitate 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.

 Rebekah Hatherly '19
Young Alumni and Student Engagement Coordinator
(336) 841-9829



About Rebekah: Rebekah engages current students in giving back to the university and encourages them to participate through groups such as the Student Alumni Council. She also works with the Young Alumni Council, an advisory board of alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years. She is a recent HPU graduate who assisted in the Institutional Advancement office as a student. She has a bachelor’s degree in event management from HPU.

Darren Hill
Director of Major Gifts - Athletics
(336) 841-9555



About Darren: Darren joined High Point University’s Institutional Advancement Office in December 2016. In his role as the 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.

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.

Kim C. Maddrey
Advancement Officer
(336) 841-9664



About Kim: Kim joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at High Point University in April 2015. Kim brings a varied background to her role as Advancement Officer. She began her career in Sales and Marketing but perfected her soft skills from her experience in education, ministry and theatre. Kim is responsible for advancing the interests of HPU by engaging parents and alumni in the life of the University. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Liberal Arts. She went on to get certified through KU’s master’s program to enable her to teach middle and high school English. 

Kathryn Mayes '19
Young Alumni
Engagement Officer
(336) 841-9832


About Kathryn: Kathryn encourages young alumni to stay connected and involved with the university after graduating by continuing to support the university through giving, special events and professional networking. As an HPU graduate, she was a student assistant in the Office of Institutional Advancement for the past two years. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus in event management from HPU.

Kelli C. Messick
Coordinator of Electronic Communications
(336) 841-9431


About Kelli: She coordinates and designs content for the office’s emails, social media and website as the Coordinator of Electronic Communications. She helps in effectively communicating the University’s brand and messages to various constituency groups through a number of University’s platforms to help create a consistent message. She has experience in writing, editing and digital marketing. She earned a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Sport and Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina.

Daniel Moody
Research Analyst
(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. 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. He has bachelor’s and master’s degree in Sociology from Idaho State University.


Andie Overbeck
Manager of
Family Programs
(336) 841-9447



About Andie: Andie is the Manager of Family Programs at High Point University. She assists with the communication and stewardship of the two philanthropic groups on campus, the Parents Council and President’s Leadership Cabinet. She manages the Family Weekend Service project hosted during both Fall and Winter Family Weekends. She also works closely with the Forever Families program as well as the Board of Visitors. Andie helps manage data updates, coding of volunteers and various daily tasks. She also supervises student employees who work in the office on a daily basis. Andie earned her B.A. in Communications with a minor in Speech from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. 

Sierra Rector
Coordinator of
Annual Giving
(336) 841-9368


About Sierra: Sierra oversees the Student Phonathon Program where she is responsible for a team of student development ambassadors who represent the University while connecting to alumni, families and friends. Amongst coordinating the Phonathon effort, she is tasked with managing data processes and assisting with content production for direct mail campaigns and electronic communications in annual giving. Sierra earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was first introduced to Philanthropy and Annual Giving.  

Victorian Strobel 
Manager of
Annual Giving
(336) 841-9619


About Victorian: Victorian serves as the Manager of Annual Giving in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She assists in the day-to-day management of planning and continuation of comprehensive mail, phone and electronic campaigns which increase annual giving dollars and participation from alumni, parents and friends of HPU. She previously worked as an Event Supervisor for Keuka College, became the Assistant Director of Annual Giving for Elmira College and then the Phonathon Campaign Director. After her time with Elmira she became Coordinator of Annual Giving for Elon University. Strobel has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Master’s in Business Management and is currently pursuing her MBA.

Susan Sullivan
Advancement 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.

Mike Tuttle G'07
Advancement Officer
(336) 841-4518



About Mike: Mike has worked at High Point University for over 32 years. The majority of his time was spent in the athletic department where he served from Assistant Baseball Coach to Sr. Associate Athletic Director. He joined the Institutional Advancement Office in September of 2013 as Director of Parent Relations. He currently serves as an Advancement Officer. Tuttle is a graduate of Elon University and received his Master’s Degree from High Point University. 

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 nineteen 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.

Alexis Williams
Alumni Engagement and Events Coordinator
(336) 841-9698



About Alexis: Alexis graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Communication, Public Relations and a minor in marketing. As the Alumni Engagement and Events Coordinator Alexis plans events for alumni that offer opportunities for them to engage with the university and network while supporting their alma mater. She has experience planning and executing events with students, alumni and prospective families. Alexis is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 



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