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Rachel Pease is Indiana Tech’s new vice president for Institutional Advancement

August 24, 2017

This is a photo of Rachel Pease, VP Institutional Advancement

Rachel Pease joined Indiana Tech as vice president for Institutional Advancement on Monday, Aug. 21. She takes over for Brian Engelhart, whose previous role as vice president for University Relations oversaw Tech’s development and marketing communications efforts. Engelhart remains at Indiana Tech in the new role of vice president for Marketing and Communications.

Pease comes to Indiana Tech from Dickinson College of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As senior advancement officer there, she was part of a division that raised more than $11 million per year, and she personally raised more than $1.75 million in new outright and planned gift commitments in an 18-month period.

“I view my development work as engaging people in the university’s community in a deep and meaningful way. Donors want to invest in something beyond themselves for the greater good,” Pease said about her career. “I believe philanthropy allows us, as people, to be less absorbed with our own problems and more concerned with our neighbors, and it provides us the opportunity to experience true happiness and satisfaction through the act of giving.”

Prior to joining Dickinson College, Pease’s positions have included director of academic development and interim director of development at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland; director of annual giving and development communication at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and director of the annual fund at Shippensburg University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

“Rachel has a proven track record of building relationships and generating support for worthwhile causes,” said Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl W. Einolf. “Through engagement with our alumni, corporate partners and friends of our university, she will contribute much to our mission of preparing our students for lives of significance and worth. She will be a dynamic and valuable addition to the Indiana Tech leadership team.”

Institutional Advancement at Indiana Tech works to engage alumni, friends, foundations and corporate partners in the life of the university. Whether they mentor a student, join us for an event on campus, help us develop new programs, or provide financial support, members of the Indiana Tech community share a common goal: to help our students reach their fullest potential, and to go on to lead lives of significance and worth.