Ned Kiser to leave Huntington University

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2005-08-10
Huntington, Ind.— Ned J. Kiser will leave his post at Huntington University to join an international missions organization, officials announced today.

“It is with sadness that I announce the resignation of Ned Kiser as Vice President for Advancement at Huntington University,” said G. Blair Dowden, president. “Ned will be leaving August 31, 2005, to join Asian Access as Vice President for Development. His leadership at Huntington University will be greatly missed,” Dowden added.

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“I will always treasure my time at Huntington University,” Kiser said. “I count it a privilege to have been a part of God’s work here, both as a trustee and an administrator. Over the past 12 years, I have made many good friends, and the institution has grown and developed in remarkable ways. Though my role is changing and I feel led to a new area of service, I will always feel a part of the campus community and will look for ways to continue to be involved with the University’s future success.”

Since 1995, Kiser has headed the resource-development efforts of Huntington University (formerly Huntington College). Dowden characterized Kiser’s service as highly successful, adding that he had developed an outstanding advancement operation with a strong staff and programs.

Kiser’s accomplishments include leading a successful $50 million capital campaign, strengthening community relationships, and attracting many new donors to the University. He also developed the University’s popular Visiting Executive Seminar series and established its Enterprise Resource Center.

“He has developed an outstanding reputation in the community and in the advancement profession, evidenced by his leadership positions on many boards and professional organizations. Through his work, Ned has raised the visibility of Huntington University throughout Northeast Indiana and across the country,” Dowden said.

Dowden has appointed Troy Irick, assistant vice president for advancement, to assume the position of Interim Vice President for Advancement. “I feel that Troy will do an effective job at building on the successes of the last ten years,” Dowden said.

Kiser will begin his duties with Asian Access in October. Asian Access is an interdenominational, evangelical mission agency that seeks to develop leaders for churches across Asia. Founded in Japan in 1967, Asian Access works with local congregations and national leaders to start and strengthen churches through pastor training programs, church multiplication, and evangelism. Today, Asian Access focuses on “training key leaders to lead the church with vision, character and competence.” Asian Access is led by Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall, newly appointed chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.

Kiser’s new position will allow him to continue to reside in Huntington, Indiana. He will also continue to serve as incoming chair of the Christian Stewardship Association (CSA), a professional association of leaders who develop resources for Christian ministries.

A prominent figure in the local community, Kiser is a charter and continuing board member of both the Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation and Life-Long Learning of Huntington County. He also serves on the board of the Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation and is a director of the Markle Bank. Ned and his wife, Robin, attend College Park Church where he is currently chairman of the Church Council. In 2002, Kiser received Huntington County’s highest recognition for community service, being named as “Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.”

Ned Kiser served as a Huntington University trustee from 1993 until 1995, when he was hired as Vice President for Advancement. Before coming to Huntington, Kiser spent 21 years in the electronics industry in design engineering, engineering management, and general management. Along with his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, Kiser also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary.

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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 top comprehensive 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) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  
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