August 5, 2019
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For Immediate Release
Providence High School’s New Director of Development Announced
BURBANK (August 5, 2019) – Providence High School announces the hiring of Stacia (Stacy) Swanson as Director of Development. Swanson oversees the Development Office, serves on the Leadership Team, and is responsible for expanding fundraising efforts and building a culture of philanthropy at the school. The Director of Advancement, Vickie Bagwell, is retiring from her position after working at Providence for 20 years.
Swanson comes to PHS from her alma mater, Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where she worked since 2013 as the Senior Director of Development for the Graduate Schools and Seminary. She brings with her more than twenty-five years of experience in both executive leadership and fundraising. At Cal Lutheran, she served as a strategic partner, coach, and teammate to each of the Deans of the graduate schools and the Rector of the seminary while supporting the various initiatives, priorities, and overall mission and vision of Cal Lutheran.
“We could not be more excited to welcome Stacy to the Providence High School community as Director of Development,” said Head of School, Scott McLarty. “Stacy comes with a wealth of knowledge as a mission-driven fundraiser and leader and we look forward to working with her to expand our philanthropic efforts and deepen the culture of giving at Providence.”
As a young professional starting out with Lutheran Brotherhood (which merged to become Thrivent Financial in 2001), Swanson developed skills in the initiation and cultivation of relationships with both individuals and organizations. In 2006, she accepted the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, where she experienced the blessings and challenges of not-for-profit management in good times as well as during times of financial crisis. She values the lessons learned about patience and process, and the very important role non-profit organizations play in the fabric of our communities.
Throughout her professional career, Swanson has sought ongoing education to both support her professional development and broaden her worldview. She earned a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary (2006) and a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University (2018). Additionally, she has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2013.
“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Providence High School community as Director of Development, and I’m looking forward to working alongside the outstanding leadership team, staff, faculty, and families to support our mission and vision and to ensure that Providence will always be a place where students can say “I belong here.”
Providence High School, founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Providence, is a private, co-educational, independent, college preparatory Catholic high school. It is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon High School. The school offers highly acclaimed focus programs for students interested in the Cinema Arts, Medical, and Technology fields, a solid Athletics Program, an award-winning Visual and Performing Arts department, and College Preparatory Counseling. For more information about Providence High School, please visit the school’s website: www.providencehigh.org.
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