portrait of Jerry Pickman

May 16, 2023–A former Missouri Western State University fundraising administrator is returning to the University as senior philanthropy advisor in the Division of Advancement. Jerry Pickman, currently vice president of philanthropy operations at Mosaic Life Care Foundation, will begin his new role at Missouri Western July 1.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Jerry back to Missouri Western,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western’s president. “His extensive fundraising experience, familiarity with the University and its donor base, and knowledge of our community make him ideally suited for this important new role. He will be an excellent addition to our Missouri Western Advancement team.”

“Jerry’s passion for Missouri Western and his commitment to the University’s success will be invaluable as he engages key prospective donors and secures their financial support,” said Marc Archambault, vice president for advancement and executive director of the Missouri Western State University Foundation. 

“I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work for two amazing and critical institutions in our community,”  Pickman said. “Returning to Missouri Western is a homecoming of sorts for me. My goal is to help ensure the University has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission now and in the future.”

Pickman has been at Mosaic since 2019. Prior to that, he worked at Missouri Western for 15 years, starting as director of development in 2004 and leaving as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the MWSU Foundation. 

Pickman graduated from Missouri Western in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He also earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from Benedictine College. He received a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy (formerly The Fundraising School) in 2006 and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). He received designation as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) in 2022.

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