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John Van Ness
John Van Ness

Haverford Welcomes New Staff

Haverford College is pleased to have John Van Ness as its Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement. During 2006-07 John Van Ness worked part time at the College with Jill Sherman and helped reorganize the Marketing and Communications Office and hire new staff. With Jill’s appointment as President of Cedar Crest College, Van Ness was asked by President Emerson to serve as Interim VP.

Van Ness was most recently Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia for seven years. The CHF is an independent research library, archives, and study center, founded at the University of Pennsylvania, which is devoted to the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies and industries. CHF has a staff of 65, an endowment of $150 million, and an operating budget of $12 million.

John Van Ness also formerly served Lehigh University, New Mexico State University, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation as President, as well as Moore College of Art and Ursinus College, where he was the first Vice President for College Advancement.

Earlier in his varied career, Van Ness was a fundraising consultant with the John F. Rich Company, and taught anthropology at several institutions. He is the author of four academic books and numerous journal articles; he also edited six books as Series Editor for the University of New Mexico Press.

In his new role at Haverford, Van Ness will, “support the new president and provost, and to move ahead with the advancement program. We have an able and seasoned advancement staff, great alumni volunteer leadership, and thus have set ambitious goals for programming and fund raising this year.”

John Van Ness is the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards including The University of Pennsylvania Teaching Fellowship; National Science Foundation Grant, Ritos Project, NM, Research Associate; Ford Foundation Dissertation Grant in Ethnic Studies; National Science Foundation COSIP Grant; Phi Delta Beta Honorary Society for International Scholars.

Van Ness earned his B.A. at the Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has two grown daughters, a 17-year-old step-son, and a son in third grade. He lives with his wife, Dr. Sandra Martinez, and children in Wynnewood.

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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