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TU Appoints New VP of Institutional Advancement

Mitch Blonde

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Tiffin University has appointed Mitchell Blonde as vice president of institutional advancement effective July 9.

“Mitch Blonde’s appointment greatly strengthens our advancement efforts,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “He has over 18 years of experience in alumni relations and fundraising. We are thrilled to have him join our TU family.”

“I am impressed by what Tiffin has achieved and the potential before it,” Blonde said. “TU is well known as a quality institution of higher education with a talented and dedicated faculty. Dr. Schumacher brings to the presidency a passion for excellence and a deep understanding of the University. Her enthusiasm is contagious and I am thrilled to be a part of the advancement team.”

Mitchell P. Blonde, a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), served 10 years as vice president of institutional advancement for Siena Heights University, a Catholic liberal arts institution located in Adrian, Mich. He has nearly two decades of experience in higher education and has spent the past 12 years in leadership positions.

A native of Michigan, Blonde earned degrees from Adrian College and Siena Heights University. His development career began at Adrian College while serving as director of annual giving and later transitioned to major gift officer at Bowling Green State University. He was named executive director of the Jackson Community College Foundation in 2005 and has taught at Central Michigan University, Baker College of Port Huron, Adrian College and Siena Heights University.

Blonde has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees. Currently, he serves on the board of the Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and is a Trustee for the Four County Community Foundation.

He enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and travelling in his free time. He and his wife, Dawn, have two children.