Barry McNamara  |   Published October 19, 2016

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Markley returns to area to direct Monmouth Fund
  • Abbie Markley has been named the College’s new associate director of the Monmouth Fund.
For Abbie Markley, the opportunity to serve at Monmouth College presented both a chance to make a difference and to return to her western Illinois roots.

Markley has been named the College’s new associate director of the Monmouth Fund.

“I’m excited for a professional opportunity close to home and close to family,” said Markley, who began her position on Oct. 17.

A native of nearby Avon, she comes to Monmouth from Washington University in St. Louis, where she quickly moved up from conference coordinator to assistant manager of summer programs and conference services. She previously worked at the Peoria Civic Center, where she ran theater and conference events. She gained fundraising experience while working for Sunland RV Resorts, and she also helped raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project.

“Something that was lacking in my last position was the fundraising aspect and philanthropies – being able to give back,” Markley said. “I’m excited to use my event background in that way. I definitely want to take everything that my predecessor did and kind of make it my own and run with it.”

One such fundraising source is crowdfunding, which is entering its second year at Monmouth.

“That project is pretty awesome – it’s new and innovative,” she said. “This year’s projects will help three different causes all at the same time.”

Markley will also oversee the annual Fighting Scots Golf outing, the senior class gift and other student philanthropies. She will also help “hit our mark on the Monmouth Fund,” which is a crucial element of the College’s budget, supporting the most fundamental elements of the college experience.

“There’s a good team atmosphere here,” said Markley. “Everybody is working for a purpose. When people speak about Monmouth, everybody talks so highly about the College and about their experiences here, either as undergrads or working for the College. It seems like an awesome environment – to come to work every day and enjoy what you’re doing.”

Markley is a graduate of Western Illinois University, where she studied recreation, park and tourism administration, with a minor in hospitality management.
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