3/17/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Dan Lawson has been named associate vice president of development and campaigns at Ashland University and will start in his new position on March 24. This position has been vacant since Margaret Pomfret assumed vice president of development duties in February of 2013.
“I am thrilled to have someone the caliber of Dan Lawson join the development staff and believe his experience and his record of fundraising and securing grants will bring continued success to the University,” Pomfret said. “He has demonstrated a strong ability to work collaboratively across campus and with community partners to advance our mission.”
Lawson, who served as dean of religious life at the University since 2003, will have operational responsibility for a portion of the University’s fundraising activities, including the launch of a comprehensive campaign and other campaign initiatives.
Reporting to Pomfret, Lawson will assist the vice president with campaign initiatives as well as determining campaign priorities and identifying and recruiting campaign leaders and volunteers. His day-to-day responsibilities will include the management and evaluation of the major gift fundraising and grants staff, and the development of effective strategies to secure major gifts.
“Of all the departments on campus helping to ensure a bright future for Ashland University, I believe the development team has perhaps the greatest potential to make a strong, significant impact,” Lawson said. “I am so proud to be a part of this outstanding team and I am excited to work side by side with each of them to help Ashland University become a gemstone among all private universities in Ohio.”
As dean of religious life, Lawson secured funding for a variety of projects, including the Chapel windows, mission trips and a number of special programs as well as a $500,000 grant from the Kern Foundation for a pre-seminary program at AU. “I have a real passion for fundraising and development and I believe this will be an exciting challenge for me,” he said.
In his role as dean, Lawson developed the Religious Life Network, an integration and reorganization of the programs and organizations within the Center for Religious Life, and established the Isaiah Project, which involves AU students in local, national and international mission and service projects. Under his leadership, The Well became the largest student organization on campus.
In addition to serving as dean, Lawson served as director of Leadership Development on campus since 2008, as NetVUE campus coordinator since 2009 and as a development officer with responsibility for university fundraising efforts with churches and faith based giving since 2012. The NetVUE program aids undergraduate students in discerning vocational calling through the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation.
Lawson also chaired the leadership development component of the Ashland University Strategic Plan and was nominated to and completed the Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program in 2012-2013. This yearlong program is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges for prospective college and university presidents.
Lawson served as a dissertation committee member for doctoral dissertations in the D. Min. and Ed.D. programs at AU and as an adjunct faculty member in the Schar College of Education’s Ed. D. program as well as in the Dauch College of Business and Economics, the Religion Department and Ashland Theological Seminary.
He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Regent University; his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts with a double major in religion and public speaking communication from AU in 1980.
Lawson has published a number of articles and made many presentations, including “True Integrity in Leadership” at the Autonomous Learning World Caucus in 2006 at the University of Oxford, England; “Authentic Leader Integrity” at the Leadership for Tomorrow, Strategies for Resurgence at Ohio State University in 2010; and “Sometimes Change Stinks; Effective organizational change management” at the Independent College Advancement Associates conference in 2011.
Lawson is a member of the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Ashland Advisory Board as well as chaplain for the Ashland City Police Department, an elder for Five Stones Community Church and assessor for the Society of Human Resources Management and Harcourt Assessments (Talent Assessment).
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###