Evelyn Leathers Appointed To Lead Fundraising Effort at Bennett

January 13, 2016

Evelyn P. Leathers, a seasoned fundraiser who has managed several successful fundraising campaigns at colleges in North Carolina, has been appointed vice president for Institutional Advancement at Bennett College.

“Ms. Leathers is a much-needed and great asset to our team,” said Bennett College President Rosalind Fuse-Hall. “We are looking forward to working with her to enhance our fundraising and friend-raising efforts. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in development.”

Leathers started her career in development at Johnson C. Smith University as a development officer. She was there for two years before securing a promotion to Director of Foundation Relations and Private Grants. After a five-year stint with Johnson C. Smith, she served as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Wiley College in Marshall Texas and Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.

“I am so excited about having the opportunity to serve Bennett College,” said Leathers. “I have an interest in women in leadership and service and that is parallel to the college’s priority. I want to make a significant difference at Bennett and in the community.”

During her tenure in development, Ms. Leathers has secured several major gifts from various foundations, including The Cannon Foundation, The Cato Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Leathers earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and is currently a doctoral candidate for the Ph.D. in leadership studies.

She is a member of the United Negro College Fund Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Committee, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of the Advancement of Educational Research.

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