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Top Leader Joins MNU Advancement Team [ advancement news ]

on North, former CEO of Heart to Heart International, has become MNU’s new vice president for university advancement and executive director of the MNU Foundation. North, an MNU alumnus (BA ’92, MBA ’94), comes to the university after a significant career at Olathe-based Heart to Heart, one of the most recognized international health and disaster relief agencies.


North joined Heart to Heart in 1993 as one of four original staff members serving with Dr. Gary Morsch, who founded the organization as a grassroots relief organization in 1992. Over the next 17 years he served in a variety of roles and was named CEO in 2001. Under North’s leadership, Heart to Heart expanded its relief work around the world and was named to Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top 200 Charities List” and MIT/Cone’s “America’s Top 100 Non-Profit Brands.”

“MNU is blessed to have a person of Jon’s experience, competence, civic reputation, and integrity taking the reins of our development

efforts,” President Ed Robinson says. “These qualities, combined with Jon’s deep appreciation for his formative years as a student at MNU and his commitment to our future, make him ideally suited for the challenges of resource development.”

North is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has participated in leadership initiatives through the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and Vistage International, one of the world’s leading chief executive leadership organizations. In 2005, North was named to Ingram’s magazine’s list of “Top Forty Leaders Under Forty.”

“I am honored by the opportunity to return to MidAmerica and look forward to helping the university have an impact on future students in the same way that it profoundly transformed my life,” North says.

North, his wife, Faith, and their four

children reside in Olathe, Kan. He is a member of Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kan. ❡


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