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Osterlund named VP for development and college relations

Duane Bonifer
MONMOUTH, Ill. – John T. Osterlund has been named Vice President for Development and College Relations at Monmouth College. He will begin his position Dec. 4.

A veteran development professional with almost 30 years of experience, Osterlund will lead the residential liberal arts college’s development efforts, which include alumni relations, the annual fund and major gifts.

Osterlund comes to Monmouth from Chicago, where he was most recently the chief development officer for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Before that, he was chief development officer for the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, where he helped complete a $200 million campaign for polio eradication.

"We are very pleased that John Osterlund is joining Monmouth College’s leadership team as our new Vice President for Development and College Relations,” said Monmouth President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt. “John has great experience as a senior development professional, having worked at the local, national and international levels. He will help the College to build on an already-strong culture of philanthropy. Even more, John is a person of strong character who is committed to the mission of empowering young people for lives of learning, leadership and service. We are glad to welcome John and his wife, Beth, to the Monmouth family."

Osterlund said there are “lots of exciting opportunities for Monmouth.”

“Because of the College’s strong leadership, Monmouth is uniquely positioned to build on its fundraising successes of the last several years,” he said. “I am very impressed with President Wyatt’s vision and what he has accomplished during his tenure at the College. Monmouth also has a high-caliber senior staff and a tremendously committed board of trustees that want to strengthen the College.”

Osterlund said that he is also impressed with the College’s efforts to aggressively grow its endowment, which stands at more than $100 million.

“One of the keys to Monmouth College’s long-term success will be to expand its endowment,” he said. “Colleges that have strong endowments will be best-equipped to serve students’ evolving needs.”

Osterlund, who has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of South Florida, said he is also a strong advocate for a liberal arts education.

“I think a liberal arts education is more relevant today than when I was in school,” he said. “Given the knowledge-based economy in which we live, being a critical thinker and developing a diverse skill set, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education, are the path to being successful in the workforce.”

Osterlund has a master’s degree in history from Florida State University, and he also did graduate work in political science and social welfare at the University of Stockholm. He and his wife have three children: Abby, Ben and Peter.