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Harrod enjoys her role in providing the Monmouth experience

Barry McNamara
MONMOUTH, Ill. – In Mollie Harrod’s new role as associate development officer, she will continue to help the students who followed her to Monmouth College experience all the institution has to offer.

“Monmouth is such a special place for me,” said Harrod, who graduated in 2007. “I met my husband and best friend here (Richard Harrod ’07, who is a new member of the College’s faculty). Monmouth taught me how to be a strong woman. It was a second home for me, and what I really enjoy about my job is that I get to help create the same opportunities I experienced here for other students.”

Harrod returned to her alma mater in 2016 in the role of associate director of Monmouth’s 1853 Society, one of the College’s key giving societies.

“I love meeting with my fellow alumni because no matter the age difference we have, we always have the same shared experience,” she said. “My new position allows me to not only share the importance of investing in the College through the Monmouth Fund and major gifts but also allows me to sing the praises of our institution today.”

Harrod said the Monmouth Fund “supports scholarships for students and allows our institution to be what it is by continually freeing the possible in the lives of our students.”

Other topics she likes to discuss with alumni include two of President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt’s major initiatives – the Monmouth College Commitment and Passport Program.

Also known as known as U=MC2, the Monmouth College Commitment guarantees that students who meet the College’s academic and social expectations, and seek it, will have the opportunity to participate in an internship and study abroad experience and graduate in four years. The Passport Program helps students get a U.S. passport and encourages them to study abroad.

Harrod said that Monmouth donors she meets with appreciate that the College is a careful steward of its resources.

“You know your gift will be managed in a wise way and will have an impact on students,” she said. “It can have a future impact, too, in the form of a scholarship in honor of a family member or a faculty member. It allows their legacy to live on.”

After graduating from Monmouth with a degree in environmental science, Harrod earned a graduate certificate in international nonprofit management from Texas A&M University. In 2015, she completed her master’s degree from North Park (Ill.) University in nonprofit administration with a focus in nonprofit fundraising.