Lonelle Rathje, who most recently spearheaded fund development for the Division of Student Affairs at The University of Arizona in Tucson, is the new Associate Vice President of Advancement at Doane College. Rathje assumed her duties Dec. 7.
Rathje brings 13 years of experience in higher education advancement, as well as research in fund development and educational leadership. She has been a member of the leadership teams that managed multi-million-dollar campaigns at both small and large universities. A common theme of her career has been the transformation of higher education advancement efforts in growing organizations.
In her new role, Rathje will work with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Marketing to oversee advancement operations, develop Doane's annual-, major- and planned-gift strategies, manage the Doane College Society and secure additional meaningful partnerships among individuals and organizations.
At The University of Arizona, Rathje was responsible for managing student access and success fund-raising initiatives in the largest organization of the University: Student Affairs. Under her leadership, gifts and commitments grew to record numbers in FY09 and FY10. Rathje also served as a mentor to first-generation college students through the Arizona Assurance Scholarship Program.
During Northwest Missouri State University's first comprehensive campaign, Rathje was a member of the leadership team that implemented broad strategies to launch and successfully conclude the University's first comprehensive campaign at $45 million. Rathje managed initiatives in the College of Education, International and Intercultural Center, athletics and the annual fund. She also led the team that secured an eight-figure scholarship commitment.
Rathje has also served as a fund-raising consultant for a number of universities and non-profit community organizations. Rathje currently teaches online courses in educational leadership, research writing, literature and communications/composition.
Born and raised in York, Neb., Rathje received a bachelor's in journalism and master's in English from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. During this time, Rathje interned with the State of Missouri's Office of International Trade in Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt, Germany. She will graduate in May 2011 with her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.