WMU News

Development Office announces appointments

April 1, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The Development Office at Western Michigan University has filled vacancies in one existing permanent position and two new five-year positions.

Shannon K. Landis was named coordinator of donor relations and special events, replacing Susan L. Davis, who resigned. Appointed to the new posts were Jerry R. George, director of development for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Alice I. Stout, director of major gifts.

Landis coordinates President's Circle activities and manages a variety of donor relations and special event activities for the Development Office as well as the University.

She had been WMU's banquet manager since 1994. She also was banquet manager for Schuler's Inc. in Stevensville, Mich., from 1991 to 1993.

A resident of Kalamazoo, Landis received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Indiana University in 1991.

George will help design and implement comprehensive development programs for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

He had been director of athletic development at Indiana's Valparaiso University since 1995. He also held the same position at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1992 to 1995 and served as coordinator of athletic marketing at South Dakota State University from 1987 to 1989.

A resident of St. Joseph, Mich., George received his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Southern Illinois University in 1979 and his master of sports administration degree from Illinois State University in 1986.

Stout will work closely with administrators and faculty members across the University to develop specialized fund-raising programs.

She had been capital campaign/major gifts director for St. Joseph's Mercy of Macomb Hospital Foundation in Mt. Clemens, Mich., since 1995. She also was a telemarketer for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 1995; fund development officer for St. Luke's Hospital Foundation in Saginaw, Mich., from 1990 to 1994; and an administrative assistant in Central Michigan University's Department of Athletics from 1988 to 1990.

A resident of Grand Rapids, Mich., Stout received her bachelor of science degree in physical education from Northwest Missouri State University in 1977. Currently, she is completing a master of science degree in public health and health promotion at Central Michigan University.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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