Nosel Joins Davis & Elkins College Advancement Team

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

ELKINS - Cathleen B. “Cathy” Nosel, a seasoned advancement professional, has been appointed senior director of institutional advancement at Davis & Elkins College. She joined the Advancement team August 21.

Nosel brings more than three decades of work experience in higher education, primarily in the areas of advancement. In her position at D&E, Nosel will provide leadership for the Institutional Advancement team during the final year of the “Secure the Future” Campaign. She will introduce and implement proven fundraising strategies focusing on major gifts, annual giving, planned giving and grant development to help ensure continued support for D&E. This results-driven approach will allow the College to move forward with a renewed sense of sustainable support from alumni and friends both near and far.

“Having known Cathy for several years, I can personally attest to the high quality of her work and her impeccable character, both qualities desired at D&E,” said Chris A. Wood, Davis & Elkins College President.  “As we build on the momentum of our capital campaign, Cathy will assist us to build the necessary infrastructure in our Advancement program to sustain financial support beyond the successful conclusion of the campaign.  She has a proven track record of building programs, and has my full support to continue that forward movement here.”

Nosel comes to D&E from Wesley College in Dover, Del., where she most recently served as director of development and, prior to that, as director of alumni relations and annual giving. As a member of the institutional advancement team, she helped increase the number of leadership giving society members by more than 200 percent in six years. In her role as director of development, Nosel managed leadership giving of the College, directed the scholarship program and served as interim vice president of institutional advancement from June to October 2016. As director of alumni relations and annual giving, she led the annual giving component of the Campaign for Wesley which produced an average increase of 14 percent over six years, and coordinated annual scholarship fundraising with an average annual increase of 12 percent in sponsorships and revenue.

Prior to working at Wesley, Nosel was the associate director of alumni relations and annual giving at McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in Westminster, Md. Her career also has included fund development for the Children’s Aid Society in New Oxford, Pa., director of advancement services at the University of Alabama Huntsville, center director of Everywoman Opportunity Center in Dunkirk, N.Y., employment development specialist at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, N.Y., interim director of the Upward Bound program at State University of New York College at Fredonia, senior associate director for employer relations at State University of New York College at Oswego, director of career development and director of international student services at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and director of career services at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Md.

“It is an exciting time for the College as the ‘Secure the Future’ Campaign enters its final year and I am honored to be a member of the Institutional Advancement team,” Nosel said. “I look forward to working alongside colleagues across campus and learning more about the D&E experience from alumni, students and friends.”

Nosel holds a Master of Arts degree in student affairs in higher education and a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer services, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.

She and her husband, Tom, have two daughters, Amanda and Melissa, both of whom reside in Philadelphia, Pa.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.

Cathy Nosel, Davis & Elkins College