Michelle Arbogast of Greeneville has assumed the role of associate director of foundation and donor relations at Tusculum College.
She has been associated with Tusculum College since 1999 when she worked with a consultant group for the college and then officially joined the college staff in 2003 as a student account associate. She has also previously served her alma mater as executive assistant to the vice president and chief financial officer and as assistant bookstore manager.
Arbogast has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and a master’s degree in adult education with a concentration in organizational training and development, both from Tusculum College. She was named to the Dean’s List, the President’s List and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Omicron-Psi honor societies.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve Tusculum College in this capacity. Tusculum College has supported not only my education, but also my professional career. I am proud to be able to give this knowledge and experience back to the college,” said Arbogast.
In her new position, Arbogast will be responsible for the identification of foundation prospects and grant opportunities appropriate for Tusculum College fund raising initiatives. She will work with college administration, faculty and staff to identify possible projects and resources and oversee the solicitation process. She will also work with endowment and scholarship donors and partners with the college.
“Michelle has a history with Tusculum College of excelling in everything she is asked to do,” said Heather Patchett, vice president for institutional advancement. “She brings experience, expertise and a desire to serve the college to this position that made her the perfect match for what we need to grow this department.”
She added that Arbogast is a skilled researcher and has meticulous attention to detail, which are two skills that are critical to the position of foundation and donor relations director. “We expect the department to flourish under Michelle’s leadership.”
She officially began her new duties in November.
In addition to her professional duties at Tusculum College, Arbogast has served as Staff Council president and vice president, served as chairman of the Staff Development Committee and is a volunteer for SafeHarborHome.