Tim Keefauver, a 1980 graduate of Monmouth College and a recent member of its board of trustees, is the new vice president for strategic planning at his alma mater.
A welcoming reception for Keefauver will be held Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall.
“Tim’s specific duties will evolve, based on current needs, but his initial assignment will be to oversee admissions this year and bring in a class that is strong in both quality and quantity,” said President Mauri Ditzler. “During his professional career, Tim was an expert in the areas of marketing and information technology. We look for him to apply those skills to Monmouth, as well as the skills he acquired while serving on the admissions committee on our board of trustees.”
During that stint on MC’s board, which began in 2009, Keefauver said he became increasingly aware of the importance of integrated learning in life, fueling a strong interest in returning to Monmouth to devote more time to making a difference for the college. He retired from his executive position at Hewlett-Packard and stepped down from his position on MC’s board so he could begin tackling goals such as helping to grow the college’s enrollment and articulate the value of a Monmouth education. Along the way, he wants to help preserve college’s character, which he described as “amiable, human and grateful to its creator.”
“Monmouth helped the students of my generation find themselves,” said Keefauver. “It raised our standards and opened up new dimensions of thought and possibilities. Ultimately, those are the things that make life more meaningful.”
As a student, Keefauver had what some would call the quintessential college experience, studying economics but also taking the time to be involved in organizations that taught him about leadership and helped him grow spiritually.
After graduating from Monmouth, Keefauver earned an MBA in business policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, where he most recently directed the product management, partner management and product marketing organizations for the NonStop Enterprise Division, Keefauver was vice president of technical services for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
When he started his trustee position in 2009, Keefauver said, “The school is notably improved from when I was a student. My hope is that the trajectory of that improvement continues.”
In his new role, Keefauver will have an influence on that trajectory on a daily basis.