Jung named Advancement VP at Alvernia University

Laramie A. Jung has been named vice president of institutional advancement at Alvernia University, Reading, Pa. Jung will report to Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn and will begin her role July 1. 

With more than two decades of executive experience leading successful fundraising initiatives, Jung’s background includes roles with Mercy Health Foundation of Southwest Ohio in Cincinnati and Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. It also includes serving as a senior consultant for Ketchum, Inc., where she directed fundraising initiatives for a number of national and regional organizations.

“Laramie brings to Alvernia significant and wide-ranging experience in advancement, both in and beyond higher education,” said Flynn. “She was highly praised by board members with whom she has worked and staff whom she has mentored and is well suited to lead Alvernia’s advancement effort at a time of momentum and promise for the university.”

As chief development officer for the Mercy Health Foundation of Southwest Ohio, Jung was responsible for leading the organization’s capital campaign, planned giving and annual fund efforts that helped grow donations by 50 percent. As vice president of university advancement at Cardinal Stritch University, she increased giving to the university 63 percent while overseeing major gifts, the annual fund and trustee giving.  

“I am impressed by the spirit and energy of the Alvernia community and feel fortunate to join the Alvernia team at an exciting time,” said Jung. “The university’s recent success is especially impressive, given the challenges facing private higher education. I believe that there are significant opportunities for the university and that the vision for its future is inspiring.” 

With three grown children and six grandchildren, Jung and her husband Mark plan to relocate to the Reading area from their current home in Ohio.  

Alvernia completed its most successful capital campaign last October, raising nearly $32 million for its Values & Vision campaign. Current fundraising efforts are focused on expanding college access to students from all backgrounds, especially through the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program, as well as support for faculty excellence and mission programs. 
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