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St. Charles named new vice president for institutional advancement

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Kenneth St. Charles

Randolph College recently announced the appointment of Kenneth St. Charles as the College’s new vice president for institutional advancement, effective Monday, October 19. St. Charles will oversee the College’s Development efforts and the Office of Alumnae and Alumni.

“When I was first invited to interview for this wonderful opportunity, my research of Randolph College indicated an academically superior, student centered, and vitally relevant institution,” St. Charles said. “When I was later invited to the Randolph College campus for my interview, I began to feel that this was truly a very special place. I met faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and most importantly students who all gave me such a warm and positive impression of the institution that I knew I would be fortunate to join the Randolph College community as its vice president for institutional advancement.”

St. Charles will bring more than 21 years of development, communication, and fundraising experience to Randolph. Kenneth comes to Randolph College from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where he has served since 2005, first as associate vice president and then as vice president for institutional advancement.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, his Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. in educational administration with an emphasis in higher education from the University of New Orleans. Kenneth is also a retired lieutenant colonel for the United States Army Reserve.

St. Charles’s appointment comes after a months-long national search, which drew a competitive pool of candidates from across the country. “I believe Kenneth’s wealth of experience, leadership ability, and broad range of skills will serve him well as Randolph’s new vice president for institutional advancement,” Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman said recently in an announcement to the community.

St. Charles will replace Skip Kughn, who has served as interim vice president for institutional advancement. Kughn, who retired from the College in 2009 after 32 years of service, will continue with the College as a half-time major gifts officer during the transition process.

“In addition to experiencing the fall changing colors of the leaves which we never experience in New Orleans, I really am looking forward to joining with the entire development and alumnae and alumni staff to advance the mission of the College,” St. Charles said. “Randolph College has such a strong and historic commitment to educating deserving students and I am anxious to meet with and share the Randolph story with the thousands of graduates, donors, parents, corporate and foundation leaders, and of course prospective supporters who are so vitally critical to the future of the institution.”

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