Antioch University Welcomes Timothy J. Forbess as new Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement

New hire also a current student at university’s prestigious PhD program in Leadership and Change

Yellow Springs, Ohio – Antioch University’s new Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement Timothy J. Forbess is no stranger to the national university that helps adult learners pursue both graduate and undergraduate education in dozens of areas of study. Forbess, a senior officer in the advancement field for more than 25 years with extensive expertise helping organizations grow, is also completing a PhD through Antioch University’s Leadership and Change program with a dissertation about impact investing in philanthropy and how it changes and challenges the non-profit community.

“I regard my coursework at Antioch University this far among the best decisions I have made, and I am tremendously impressed with the leadership and the students in this program,” Forbess said. “I am sure that impression will continue to inspire as I begin working with new colleagues on truly innovative initiatives bridging the present and future of the university while honoring its very distinguished history.”

Forbess joins Antioch University after last serving as vice president for development at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, where he grew gift and fund development programs while working closely with alumni and constituents and managing giving campaigns. He was also senior/executive pastor at First United Methodist Church in Dayton where he also ran the social justice ministry in the parish where he coordinated conferences on the Iraq War, living with cancer, World AIDS Day, interfaith holiday services, monthly neighborhood book groups, and formed a “reconciling ministry,” or safe place for GLBTQ people. He also launched a charter school for non-reading children, organized a new childcare center for needy families, initiated a martial arts program for non-violence for 800 neighborhood children, and received local and state grants to develop new models of early childhood education for urban children focused on kindergarten readiness.

“I strongly believe that Timothy Forbess will hit the ground running given the breadth and depth of his experience and his strong connection to Antioch University,” said Felice Nudelman, the university’s chancellor. “His background, experience, and successful track record of development work in higher education aligns perfectly with our academic, advancement and social justice goals.”

Forbess, who was once the youngest vice president of a theological school in the United States and Canada when he served as vice president for institutional advancement at United Theological Seminary in Dayton in 1998, was also the president and CEO at The National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, where he created partnerships with major US universities to manage grants for research and findings. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from University of Memphis and holds a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. He is certified as Ordained Clergy through The United Methodist Church, is certified by the Center for Urban Ministry at United Theological Seminary, has certification in Planned Giving from The National Planned Giving Institute. Forbess also has certifications in higher education management from The Institute for Theological Education Management, a program jointly sponsored by Columbia and Harvard in association with the Association of Theological Schools in Pittsburg. He is also a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, the Development Institutional Advancement Professionals Association of Theological Schools, Dayton Professional Men’s Book Group, Miami Valley Golf Club and The Dayton Racquet Club.

“Seldom have I encountered an academic institution within higher education that has the dynamic faculty and accompanying curriculum that adds skills to men and women whose impact on our global family is as significant as Antioch University,” Forbess said. “I look forward to being among one of the University’s most proud graduates.”

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