Monmouth College has turned to one of its graduates and current staff members to take over the role of vice president for development and college relations.
Director of development and principal gifts Steve Bloomer, a 1983 Monmouth graduate who joined his alma mater’s development staff in 2007, was appointed to the position on Feb. 13. President Mauri Ditzler made the announcement after consulting with the executive committee of the Monmouth College Board of Trustees.
In making the announcement, Ditzler spoke of the positive momentum that the development office is experiencing. Just a few years after the college’s Annual Fund first reached the $1 million mark, the $2 million milestone is now in range.
Ditzler noted, “Our $75 million ‘Fulfilling the Promise’ campaign is moving forward more successfully than we could have imagined. Gifts that development staff are working on with potential donors suggest that this could be one of the best years for Monmouth College in terms of philanthropy. That’s an indication of the confidence that our constituents have in the future of the college.”
Ditzler said it is important that the college “seize the opportunity and build on this momentum. Who better to do that than Steve Bloomer, who has been a big part of building that momentum as he has risen through the department?”
College presidents get to know most of their faculty and staff very well, but they especially spend a lot of time with principal gift officers, explained Ditzler.
“Steve and I have logged thousands of miles together and have had hundreds of hours of conversations about our visions for the future of Monmouth College,” Ditzler said. “I’m appointing someone who I know remarkably well.”
“I am very pleased to accept this appointment,” said Bloomer. “Due to the fine work of department personnel and the greater campus community, I am excited about our team’s prospects for future success in alumni relations, fundraising and alumni communications. In addition, I want to thank President Ditzler, the college board of trustees, alumni and friends, college faculty, college staff and, of course, our students, for the honor of serving such a great college and wonderful group of people.”
Bloomer served for 27 years in the National Guard, where he was employed full-time 22 years and rose to the rank of colonel. From 2004 to 2007, he was the chief of staff for the Iowa Army National Guard, managing more than 1,000 full-time employees. He earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College and American Military University.