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Lenoir-Rhyne University announces new Executive Director of Advancement Services
Lenoir-Rhyne University announces new Executive Director of Advancement Services

Lenoir-Rhyne University is honored to announce the appointment of Darcy Turner as the new executive director of advancement services. She started her position in early December.

Turner began her work in higher education in 1999 at the University of Michigan, where she helped to implement a new Human Resources Management System (HRMS) before accepting additional responsibilities as assistant director for nine years. In that role, she directed all teams responsible for products and services provided by the HRMS division within the Information Technology Services (ITS) department. She went on to serve as the director of student, HRMS, and identity management systems. Most recently in her role as information systems director, Turner successfully led a small team to deliver the first ever campuswide IT strategic plan.

"Darcy is an experienced development professional who has served at one of the top universities," said Cat Serrin Niekro, vice president for institutional advancement. "She has the vision and drive to further elevate the success of our advancement division. I am excited to work with her to deepen our connections with our alumni and friends."

At LRU, Turner will provide leadership to key administrative functions, including information systems, database management, data analytics, report production, donor relations, prospect research, and gift entry.

"Lenoir-Rhyne has such a vibrant campus and wonderful sense of community," Turner said. "I was immediately drawn in and have been graciously welcomed. I am impressed by the leadership and vision to move the University forward and am honored and excited to bring my experience to the team and quickly make a difference."

Prior to working at the University of Michigan, Turner spent six years with Accenture, where she started as a software developer and quickly advanced to the role of project manager.

Turner earned her bachelor of science in industrial and operations engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

LRU's Office of Institutional Advancement has raised between $7 million and $11 million annually over the last three years. In 2015, a successful capital campaign was completed, raising $66.5 million in gifts and commitments. The endowment is approximately $106 million.