Whittaker takes key advancement role at Flagler

Priscilla Proctor announced to local reporters at Historic City News that Flagler College has appointed Mark Whittaker to serve as vice president of institutional advancement; he will assume his new role on July 19th.

John W. Stewart III, Ph.D., who formerly held the position, was recently appointed president of the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama.

“Dr. John Stewart established a fine record in the Office of Institutional Advancement,” said Flagler College President William T. Abare Jr., Ed.D. “I am confident that Mr. Whittaker will be an outstanding addition to the Flagler College administration team.”

Whittaker says he looks forward to becoming a part of the Flagler community.

“It is a pleasure to be joining Dr. Abare and Flagler College at this important time in the development of the College,” he said. “I look forward to meeting and working with the Flagler alumni and friends in expanding the impact the college is having on its students and higher education.”

Prior to accepting this appointment at Flagler, Whittaker held the position of vice president for college relations at Stetson University College of Law. He had previously served as vice president for university relations at Stetson University in Deland for 15 years.

Whittaker has extensive experience in higher education fundraising, having served as a senior level development professional at Stetson University, Hollins University, Rhodes College and Sweet Briar College.

At Stetson College of Law, his responsibilities included leading the staff in strategic planning, goal-setting and performance evaluation in connection with institutional priorities.

In addition, Whittaker has a considerable amount of experience in all areas of fundraising, including capital campaigns, comprehensive development programs, alumni relations, planned giving, special events, marketing and communications, and government relations.

Prior to joining the College of Law at Stetson, Whittaker founded Whittaker and Associates in 2003 to provide comprehensive fundraising solutions to a select number of nonprofit organizations.

Whittaker attended New College of Florida and is a graduate of the University of Maine in Orono. He completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management Program. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and an active member of the Association of Fundraising professionals and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

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