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Terrence Williams
Terrence Williams

First Jill Sherman Fellow Joins Haverford's Institutional Advancement

A new program at Haverford will provide young professionals with broad-based experience in college relations and advancement from the ground up.

The Jill Sherman Fellows Program for Leadership in Advancement, established in the fall of 2007, is named for a former Vice President of Institutional Advancement who led the successful Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve campaign; ending in 2004, the four-year campaign raised more than $200 million for the College. The program was designed as a way to thank Sherman for her service to Haverford, and is funded by the College and by donors who wished to support initiatives important to Sherman, most notably professional development, teaching and education, and the mentoring of new staff.

“Jill is an educator, and takes that role very seriously whether it is educating donors about the needs of the institution she represents, or educating the institution about their donors and their philanthropic interests, or educating young professionals as they begin their careers,” says Catherine Koshland ’72, Vice Chair of Haverford’s Board of Managers. “She herself benefited from many mentors as she grew as a development professional, and it seemed fitting to honor her contributions to Haverford and to the profession with this fellowship opportunity.”

The first Jill Sherman Fellow, Terrence Williams, arrived at Haverford on Feb. 18 and will work in the office of Annual Giving. Williams has an extensive background in student and residential life, most recently at the University of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Salisbury University and a master’s in education leadership from the University of Arkansas. He is also an entrepreneur, having started a Maryland-based coffee shop called Rise Up Coffee, which serves organic, fair trade and shade-grown blends raised and roasted by friends.

“I am thrilled to be embarking on this journey with the talented professionals that make up the Annual Giving team,” Williams says. “I am looking forward to being part of Haverford’s tradition of excellence and making significant contributions to the College.”

As a Fellow, Williams will be exposed to all aspects of Institutional Advancement, from conferences to committees to travel opportunities. As part of Annual Giving, he’ll help to manage the Student Phonathon, volunteers, the Senior Gift program and other undergraduate initiatives.

“I feel fortunate to have someone focused on philanthropic education for current students, preparing them for life after college, and helping them understand what it means to give back to an institution,” says Deb Strecker, Director of Annual Giving. “The Fellow will perform work that will have incredible benefits for the College.”

-Brenna McBride

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