Mohler Named Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts

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Ben Mohler has been named as Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts in Eastern Kentucky University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Mohler has served the past seven years as Director of Philanthropy and Development for the William States Lee College of Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He brings 14 years of experience in higher education advancement, having previously served at the University of Texas at Austin and Cedarville University in Ohio.

"Ben’s experiences and accomplishments in development are remarkable,” said Nick Perlick, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at EKU. “He has been a leader for UNC Charlotte in its recent campaign, guiding the Lee College of Engineering to record fundraising totals and securing some of UNCC’s largest overall campaign gifts. He has a passion not just for our profession but also for helping to nurture talent and skills in others. We’re fortunate to have him leading our major and planned giving team and we look forward to welcoming Ben, his wife, Christina, and their daughter, Etta, to Richmond in the coming weeks.”

At UNCC, Mohler designed that institution’s first college-specific capital campaign and developed Board leadership volunteers with an integrated public and private case for support. He oversaw an exponential increase in private support for the College of Engineering – from a 2007 average of just under $700,000 to a 2013 high mark of more than $7.5 million. Also, he recently completed five years as a senior member of the board for the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Mohler served on the board of Carolina Voices, a choral arts organization, from 2007 to 2011. The Charlotte Business Journal presented Mohler with a “Forty under 40” award in 2013 for his leadership, community service and professional achievement.

He’s eager now to embrace a new challenge at EKU.

“Eastern Kentucky University is a cultural hub and economic engine for the region and beyond,” Mohler said. “The University provides a critical role for the Commonwealth, namely instruction, scholarship and service – fundamental components for a growing economy. The opportunity to help support the future growth of the University is what excites me most about joining the Colonels.

“Students seeking education can enrich both self and the life of the community they call home,” he added. “It is for this reason that I most I enjoy working to advance higher education. It affords me the opportunity to help benefactors translate their passion into action … because philanthropy, when thoughtful, is never regretful.”

Mohler held several positions in advancement with the University of Texas from 2001 to 2006, including Foundation Relations Development Associate and Alumni Relations Director/Manager. He then went to Cedarville University, his alma mater, where he was Development Officer for the Cedarville Fund. While at Cedarville in 2006-07, Mohler grew the Annual Fund to include a leadership gift program and modernized the University’s communication and donor engagement efforts to incorporate social media and new technology strategies.

Mohler earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Cedarville University and a master’s degree in philanthropy and development at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. 

Published on March 19, 2015

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