Parkite takes a job at Westminster
A charitable local now makes a living encouraging others to give.
Jane Campbell, a Park City resident of 17 years, recently took a job with Westminster College as Director of Annual Giving.
She credits local residents for helping her land the job.
"Really one of the reasons I’m here is because the people in Park City understand higher education," she said.
Where Campbell is happens to be the only private non-denominational liberal arts college in the state of Utah.
Westminster was founded in 1875, and one of Campbell’s responsibilities will be helping to oversee the 1875 Society, directed by Mary Bassis who is the wife of Westminster president Michael Bassis. The society will honor individuals who have donated $1,875 or more to the college.
She will work to increase the funding for scholarships so more can be made available to the approximately 2,200 students attending the school. Campbell says that raising the number of scholarships will also help to increase diversity at the school.
Her other responsibilities include working with the foundation board and trying to increase alumni and faculty giving.
Campbell is very comfortable in her new work environment.
"It’s such a positive environment on campus. The faculty is happy, the students are walking around the campus smiling," she said. "It’s an environment that helps me grow as well. It’s challenging."
The programs at the college are cutting edge she said, and noted the Princeton Review recently took notice.
"We’ve just gotten notification from Princeton Review that (Westminster) was named as one of the top 361 college’s in the U.S.," she said.
The popular publication has yet to reveal what the colleges ranking is but the list will be available in August 2006.
In addition to getting help from Park City locals, Campbell says she owes her position at one of America’s top-ranked colleges to the volunteer work she does.
"If there’s anything I’d like to stress, it’s the value of volunteering," she said. I draw every single day on my volunteering experiences."
The first place Campbell volunteered was for Park City Community Wireless, where she learned the art of fundraising.
She also volunteered for the People’s Health Clinic where she did grant writing and hosted their annual fundraiser. She has served as executive director for Mountain Mediation, a non-profit organization that provides mediation in small claims court.
Serving as a friend of the Library Board and also on the City Library Board has had a positive impact on her life.
"The library is always a highlight for me because the group of people there are fantastic," she said. "The library is a huge equalizer because people of any race or background can come there and get a book and learn."
Before coming to Park City and embarking on years of volunteering in the community she lived in New Mexico, where she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Business Marketing. Campbell came to Park City when her husband got a job in the area. After moving to the state she got her Masters Degree in Communications from the University of Utah.
Now Campbell has found herself at Westminster, where she hopes her two children might go some day.
"I hope my kids come to Westminster. I think that small liberal arts colleges provide an education that is unique," she said, adding she can’t say enough good things about the environment there.
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