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Jennifer Keller to Serve as Senior Director of Development

September 10, 2012

Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Keller to the position of Senior Director of Development. Ms. Keller previously worked in development at the seminary and her return signals new opportunities for success.  Dr. David Heetland, Vice President of Development, stated, "I am delighted to welcome Jennifer back to Garrett-Evangelical.  She will be a wonderful addition to the development team."

Ms. Keller comes to Garrett-Evangelical with a wealth of development experience.  She has served in development offices at DePaul, Loyola (Chicago), and Northwestern universities.  While at Northwestern, Ms. Keller was the senior associate director of development.  Her team successfully navigated Campaign Northwestern, which raised over one billion dollars for the university.

Ms. Keller joins a development staff at Garrett-Evangelical that is in the midst of the 100 million dollar campaign, Forging Our Future. Garrett-Evangelical celebrated a milestone in June of this year when the Forging Our Future campaign reached the 70 million dollar mark.  Many of Ms. Keller’s responsibilities will be focused on reaching the 100 million dollar goal by 2017 to ensure Garrett-Evangelical remains a premiere theological institution.  Phase three of the campaign, which started in January 2010, has continued to make progress – even through the economic downturn.  The campaign is poised to increase academic scholarships, endow faculty chairs and distinctive programs, and to build up the unrestricted endowment.  To learn more about phase three of Forging Our Future, visit

Asked about her return to the seminary, Ms. Keller stated, “I feel thankful and blessed to be coming home to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to work again in the Development Office under the leadership of David Heetland.  Through family connections this institution has always been close to my heart.  My mother, Rosemary Skinner Keller, spent the majority of her career at Garrett-Evangelical serving as a professor and Academic Dean, and my father is a retired United Methodist pastor in the Northern Illinois Conference.  Along with the responsibilities of this position, I plan to continue to take a course here each semester to share in the life of the community and to remain open to ministry possibilities.”