PLNU Welcomes New Associate Vice President for University Advancement

Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2011

PLNU is pleased to welcome David McCurry as its new associate vice president for university advancement.  

McCurry brings significant fundraising experience to PLNU, including a proven track record of fundraising success in Christian higher education. He comes to PLNU from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he served as the senior development director. In that role, McCurry led the major gifts area and gave direction to annual giving and foundation relations. Prior to joining the fund development team at Westmont nearly 10 years ago, McCurry served as vice president of advancement at Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He also served as vice president of sales and marketing for PAR Distributors in San Jose before moving to Washington to serve as the northwest market manager for Honeywell’s automotive aftermarket division, where he managed his team’s sales and marketing efforts throughout a five-state region.

With a B.A. in business administration from Azusa Pacific University, an M.B.A. with a marketing concentration from City University, and an M.S. in nonprofit management and philanthropy from Bay Bath College in Massachusetts, McCurry is well qualified for his new role at PLNU. He has also earned the internationally recognized certified fund raising executive (CFRE) designation.

McCurry is thrilled to be a member of University Advancement at PLNU, according Joe Watkins, Ph.D., vice president for external relations, and is looking forward to interacting with alumni, parents, and friends of the institution; hearing people’s stories; and assisting donors in fulfilling their philanthropic dreams through PLNU.

As an active volunteer in the Santa Barbara area, McCurry’s community service included serving as a volunteer coach through AYSO and the Ben Page Youth Center. He has also served as a mentor at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and as board chair of Life Network. Because of that work, K-Lite Radio and the Santa Barbara News Press honored McCurry as a community hero in 2006.

Married for nearly 23 years, David and his wife, Susan, have three children, Morgan (18), Jonah (14), and Amanda (12). In his free time, McCurry enjoys walking at the beach, reading, teaching, and nature photography.