Summit promotes advancement office leadership

March 14, 2017

Jim Jackson and Michele Duda

Jim Jackson and Michele Duda

Rich Wilson, Head of School at The Summit Country Day School, has announced the promotion of Jim Jackson to chief philanthropy executive from development director.

Michele Duda, formerly the development assistant director, has been appointed development director.

Both Mr. Jackson and Ms. Duda played key roles in the 2015-16 Aiming Higher Campaign, which raised $20.1 million to fund construction of a five-story wing at The Summit’s main building, renovation of Upper and Middle School science labs and enlarged membership in the Leaders of Character Society – the pace-setting group of the Annual Fund for Excellence and increased the school’s endowment. “Their leadership has helped give The Summit a competitive advantage in Cincinnati’s private school marketplace,” Mr. Wilson said.

Moving forward, Mr. Jackson will be responsible for philanthropic strategy and policies, endowment growth, planned giving, major gifts and capital campaign planning and execution. Mr. Jackson has been with The Summit since 2012. He was formerly director of advancement at the Athenaeum of Ohio, the seminary for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and previously was development director at Xavier University. He has holds bachelor’s degrees in English and history from Xavier University (Edgecliff College).

Ms. Duda will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the Development Office, including the Annual Fund for Excellence, alumni relations, volunteer management and gift stewardship. Ms. Duda has been with The Summit since 2007. She was formerly program coordinator of Medical University of South Carolina and senior educational services assistant at the University of Kentucky. She has a bachelor’s degree from Midway College.

“These moves reflect appropriate recognition for the outstanding work Jim and Michele have done over recent years,” Mr. Wilson said. “Our donor base and giving levels are significantly higher than they were several years ago. This reflects our focus on long term philanthropic needs of the school.”