National search for VP for development and alumni relations to launch

Contact: Tony Proudfoot
Renee Pearl's formal headshot.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University is launching a national search for its next vice president for development and alumni relations, following the resignation of Tim Terrentine.

Renee Pearl, director of engagement, is serving as the interim vice president during the search.

She has 17 years of advancement experience, having served the University of California, Davis, and Washington University in St. Louis before joining WMU nine years ago. Since then, Pearl's responsibilities have grown considerably as a front-line development officer, alumni engagement leader, and liaison to WMU's foundation and alumni boards.

"Renee has a strong track record of leading effectively through leadership transitions," says President Edward Montgomery. "I am confident she will help us continue to make strides in our development and alumni engagement efforts as Western pursues its aim to be a university of choice."

The search committee for the new vice president is anticipated to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We will seek a proven development professional with a gift for transformational leadership, fundraising and alumni engagement," Montgomery says.