New VPs ready to hit the ground running

Aug 1, 2013

Connie HarrisAn experienced fundraiser and a veteran enrollment manager are the two newest senior-level administrators at Heidelberg University.

President Robert H. Huntington has announced that Connie L. Harris has been appointed the new vice president for Institutional Advancement & University Relations and Doug Kellar is the new vice president for Enrollment Management. Both begin their Heidelberg tenures later this month.

Harris, a native Ohioan, comes to Heidelberg after serving at four small, liberal arts colleges. She has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education at Earlham, Wabash, Meredith and Muhlenberg colleges.

“Connie brings a visionary approach and extensive knowledge and experience in campaign management and alumni relations to Heidelberg,” Huntington said. “She has a great deal of experience and expertise working within higher education and as a volunteer with non-profit organizations.
In her new role, Harris will be responsible for executive leadership, coordination and development in support of all philanthropic activities, including Heidelberg’s ongoing $75 million Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence. She also will oversee all marketing and external relations as well as internal and external communications.

Doug KellarMost recently, Harris served as vice president for development and alumni relations and director of the campaign at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. At Muhlenberg, she was a senior executive responsible for annual and alumni giving and philanthropy, leading the college’s $110 million comprehensive campaign to completion. 

Harris graduated from Miami University in Oxford with a bachelor of science degree in the School of Applied Science.
Also new to the president’s Senior Leadership Team, Kellar brings 25 years of enrollment, financial aid and admissions experience to Heidelberg. His arrival in Tiffin will mark a return to his roots, having grown up in Harrison County.

“Doug has strong experience at every level of enrollment management,” Huntington said. “He is a consensus-builder with a positive approach to identifying, recruiting and helping to retain students from a comprehensive set of diverse backgrounds, and involving the entire campus community successfully in those processes.”

In his new role, Kellar will oversee the offices of admissions and financial aid.

Most recently, Kellar served as interim vice president for finance and management and as a financial aid/enrollment management consultant at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. He was the vice president for enrollment management at Albion College in Albion, Mich., after beginning his admissions career at Muskingum College in New Concord.