Susan D. Vance as been named Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tusculum College, Acting President Dr. Angelo Volpe has announced. Vance, a 1991 Tusculum alumna, had been fulfilling duties of that role on an acting basis since February.
Vance, a Greene County native with extensive experience in working with nonprofit community organizations, joined Tusculum College in October 2003 as Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. She was promoted to Director of Development and Alumni Relations in July 2005 and was named Acting Vice President in February 2007.
In making the announcement, Dr. Volpe said, “We are fortunate to have Ms. Vance in this leadership role. In addition to being a 1991 alumna of Tusculum College, she has more than 10 years of experience in fund raising. I am delighted to welcome Ms. Vance to her new position, and I look forward to working with her.”
Even before joining Tusculum College, Vance was well known in Greene County for her successful work in community service organizations, including Family Ministries, a nonprofit Christian child and family care ministry located in the Camp Creek community. She was marketing and corporate development manager for Family Ministries.
At Family Ministries, Vance assisted in raising $1.1 million dollars in a capital campaign, organizing key events and orchestrating a Campaign Operations Committee consisting of key individuals from across the region.
She also generated a donor base of more than 500 individuals and corporations from Knoxville to Southwest Virginia, the primary marketing area for Family Ministries. Vance was also instrumental in efforts to increase the Family Ministries visibility in the community and its participation in other community programs such as Greeneville-Greene County Promise and Partners In Education. One of her major accomplishments was the creation of a Greeneville Christian Leadership Roundtable this spring, based on similar organizations in the Tri-Cities.
Vance also organized a 2003 fundraiser for the Hope Center, a crisis pregnancy center and division of Family Ministries, that generated more than $25,000 for the center, which operates entirely on donations.
Vance is active in the community, having been a chairman of the Kidney Walk for Greeneville and Greene County, serving on the steering committee for Kid’s Day and as chairman of the Champions Dinner, both projects of the Boys and Girls Club.
She serves or has served on the boards of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County, the Volunteer Center of Greeneville and Greene County, the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Mountain Empire Chapter, and the National Kidney Foundation. She has also served on the National Philanthropy Day Committee, Interagency and in the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville.
Vance was named a “40 Under Forty” designee in 2002, an award presented to 40 young men and women throughout East Tennessee under the age of 40 who are considered rising business leaders.
She has also been named a “Successful Single” in Northeast Tennessee by Marquee Magazine.
During Homecoming 2006, Susan received The Frontier Award, presented annually to an outstanding alumnus or alumna in recognition of meritorious advancement in his or her career.
Vance’s professional experience also includes six years of service at the Greene County Partnership, including three years as director of Keep Greene Clean, now Keep Greene Beautiful. Keep Greene Clean/Keep Greene Beautiful program was named the number one program of its kind in the country in 2000 under Vance’s leadership.
She also served as director of EcoQuest International’s first internal public relations department during 2001-02.
Vance lives in the South Greene community with her son, Austin Dale, and attends Victory Church of God, where she is the organist.