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Huntington University Names New Director of Alumni & Foundation Relations

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University is pleased to announce that Janelle Taylor has been named the Director of Alumni and Foundation Relations. Taylor joined the HU Office of Advancement team in October of 2018 as a development officer. Her new role remains within the Office of Advancement but offers her an even greater opportunity for professional and personal growth.

“This is a great fit for her skillset,” said Stephen Weingart, vice president for University advancement. “Janelle graduated from HU in 1997, as did her husband, Jonathon, so her passion for Huntington University is strong and her roots are deep. This role gives her the opportunity to connect with the community in an even deeper way. Dr. Emberton and the advancement team are very excited and supportive of this transition.”

Taylor said that while working for the past two years at HU she has enjoyed meeting Foresters all over the country and hearing stories of how Huntington University impacted their lives. She looks forward to carrying on much-beloved traditions and creating new opportunities with the Alumni Board for alumni to engage with one another and the University.

“I am excited to transition into the newly formed role of Director of Alumni and Foundation Relations,” said Taylor. “I will continue to cultivate relationships with foundations and seek new opportunities for HU grants and oversee alumni engagement.”

An HU alum, Taylor (1997) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary English education. Taylor has worked as an English teacher and in nonprofit management and fundraising for True Life Choices (under Youth for Christ). In 2009, Taylor and her husband, who reside in Fort Wayne, started their own music entertainment business. The couple travel around the Midwest singing for audiences of all sizes as the cover duo The J Taylors. They also adopted the name The Holy Rebels in 2015 and began writing and performing their own original music.

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, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. 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 nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).