Schownir accepts community relations director role

Huntington, Ind.—Pete Schownir, major gifts officer for Huntington University, has taken over as director of community relations in addition to his current role.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with the people of Huntington County,” Schownir said. “There is such a great partnership between this community and the University, and it is an honor to be able to work at continuing and furthering this relationship.”

As director of community relations, a position he assumed on July 1, Schownir is responsible for fundraising efforts in the Huntington County area. He also has staff responsibility for the programming and functions of the Huntington University Foundation.

“Pete’s knowledge of and involvement in the greater Huntington community is an asset to and fits well with the mission of the University’s foundation,” said Troy Irick, the University’s vice president for advancement. “The continued strength of our town/gown relationship is because of individuals like Pete who have come to the University from a local business/professional background. Pete’s experience will help to grow an already strong community relations program — a program of support from the citizens of Huntington County and one that the University appreciates deeply.”

Now entering his fourth year with Huntington University, Schownir serves as an advancement officer by helping keep alumni, friends and parents connected to the University as well as partnering with them to make Christian higher education a reality for future and current students. In addition, Schownir coordinates the Parents Association at Huntington University. Schownir coached the Huntington University men’s golf team from 2001-2006 and was named Mid-Central Conference Co-Coach of the Year in 2004. Schownir says he enjoys working in a place where everyone has a common goal — to prepare young people to impact the world for Christ. Before coming to the University, Schownir worked in the publishing industry for 21 years in both Florida and Huntington, Ind.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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