WMU News

Bud Bender named vice president for development

June 23, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Carl M. "Bud" Bender has been promoted to vice president for development at Western Michigan University, effective June 1. Bender, who is also secretary of the WMU Foundation, has served as associate vice president for development since 1997.

"Bud has provided excellent leadership for our development efforts," says WMU President Elson S. Floyd. "This promotion is well deserved and is a logical step as we continue to upgrade our development efforts in anticipation of a major capital campaign."

In his new post, Bender is the senior fund-raising officer for the University and has increased responsibility for management of staff, budgets and strategic planning in fund raising and associated support services. He has overall responsibility for developing and executing fund-raising efforts for the University's seven academic colleges, intercollegiate athletics, and other programs.

Bender also continues as the principal liaison between the University and the WMU Foundation, a separately incorporated organization, established in 1976 for the sole purpose of promoting and providing private financial support to the University. The foundation also manages assets of nearly $100 million for the exclusive benefit of WMU.

Bender was promoted following a national search in which he was a finalist for the vice presidency. His appointment was officially approved by the WMU Board of Trustees on June 23 and was endorsed earlier by the WMU Foundation Board of Directors.

Prior to joining WMU in 1997, Bender served for nearly six years as vice president and executive director of the Borgess Foundation of Kalamazoo, which is the private fund-raising arm of Borgess Medical Center. From 1981 to 1991, he was employed in positions of increasing responsibility in alumni relations and fund raising at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

A member of numerous professional organizations, Bud Bender received a bachelor's degree in business management from St. Louis University and two master's degrees, one of which is in community development, from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 616 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu


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