|Scott Sheldon appointed interim vice president of institutional advancement|
As San Francisco Theological Seminary prepares to welcome its 11th president next month, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement R. Scott Sheldon has hit the ground running since coming on board in May. Sheldon brings a wealth of management, fund-raising and nonprofit experience to SFTS, positioning the Seminary for a smooth transition into new leadership.
Sheldon, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, returned to his alma mater from 1997-2005, serving as program director for the Center of Continuing Education and then working as director of development for four years. Among his many accomplishments in this role, he authored A Tradition of Generosity: Two Hundred Years of Major Gift and Capital Campaign Support at Princeton Theological Seminary.
“San Francisco Theological Seminary is a special place – a place in which I already feel at home,” said Sheldon, an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister. “This is a critical and creative time in the life of this historic institution. There is a sense of excitement with the recent selection of President-elect Jim McDonald, who will lead SFTS in embarking on the next chapter of its history.”
Before accepting his new post at SFTS, Sheldon served as director of gifts and grants at D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, N.J., an accomplished nonprofit that has protected over 15,000 acres valued at more than $330 million. He developed a comprehensive fund-raising program involving annual, capital and planned gifts, managed an extensive grants program, and led the initial phase of a $20 million campaign to support the organization’s land preservation and stewardship mission.
Sheldon’s ties to the PC(USA) and theological education run deep. His ancestors settled in southern New Jersey in the 1680s and were instrumental in founding several churches. Sheldon grew up in a new church development of the PC(USA) in which his father was the first installed pastor. Following an earlier career in architecture, Sheldon was associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Northport, N.Y., in the 1980s. After nearly a decade at Princeton, Sheldon was chief development officer at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.
Sheldon is seeking to raise at least $50,000 more in gifts to the SFTS 2010-2011 Annual Fund by June 30.
“It is important for all alumni, friends, faculty and staff, trustees and partner congregations to support SFTS at this time to ensure a smooth transition for the new president and to provide the Seminary with the financial tools to help effect emerging priorities,” Sheldon said. “SFTS has made some difficult decisions in recent years to ensure financial stability and is moving forward in faith to fulfill its treasured tradition in service to the church and the world.”