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One of the great strengths of any college or university is the support of donors. Knowing how to utilize this valuable resource, Marilyn Landers earned a reputation as an outstanding development leader, a successful fund raiser, and dedicated university employee.
The director emerita of development served from 1987 to 2002 in positions including director of development, university director of development and executive director of the university’s Foundation. She directed philanthropic fund-raising activities for the university as well as managed the day-to-day activities of the Foundation.
Her achievements include: increasing the Foundation’s assets from m$1.7 million in 1987 to more than $34 million; increasing annual income from $400,000 in 1987 to an average of $6 million; increasing President’s Society from beginning donor membership of 80 in 1987 to membership in excess of 800; conducting the university’s first-ever capital campaign, 1990-1993, raising $15 million in gifts and pledges; and securing the largest gifts ever for the institution. The number of donors increased more than three times during her tenure and she also established at least 350 endowed scholarships and awards.
Ms. Landers obtained her bachelor’s degree in English/speech/journalism at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, and pursued graduate study at Kansas State University and University of Kansas.