Jason Scott Embry has been named Director of Advancement at the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation.
Embry has 19 years of private college and university leadership experience in fundraising, alumni relations and marketing, primarily in the Midwest and South regions at nationally-ranked institutions. At each of the institutions he has worked, Embry has enhanced and implemented programs that increased alumni participation rates, unrestricted annual gifts and named endowed funds.
At the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, Embry will assist with the implementation and execution of all fundraising and development activities and has the responsibility of its major gift program. He will plan, direct and implement a comprehensive plan for developing new sources of revenue from individuals, organizations, major corporate and foundation funders and event sponsors.
“We are delighted to have Jason join our development staff in this leadership position,” stated Sharon Gerken,Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation’s Executive Director. “Jason’s passion and experience will ultimately allow Today and Tomorrow to offer additional scholarships to deserving students”
Embry replied, “Professionally, after almost 20 years in collegiate fundraising and institutional advancement, I just started what I believe will be my most rewarding role. Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation’s numbers speak for themselves. My entire career has met the question of ‘how can we in the higher education community better reach those underserved communities whose students most likely would never see a college campus.’ This year’s TTEF alumni Class of 2014 had a 100 percent high school graduation rate and a 100 enrollment rate in post secondary education or the military. He continues, “Yes, that’s how you answer the question. I now embark on an incredible opportunity to impact those elementary and high school students who seek an exemplary education and ensure St. Louis’ school-aged children have the absolute best opportunities to ultimately seek postsecondary education.”
Embry comes to the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation after serving as Executive Director of Development at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, Ind.), the nation’s top undergraduate engineering college ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its annual college guidebook. While at Rose-Hulman, Embry led a team of advancement professionals with responsibilities of annual giving, major gifts and other constituent-based fundraising initiatives encompassed within a multi-million-dollar comprehensive campaign. During his tenure, overall giving to Rose-Hulman grew nearly ten-fold.
Other leadership positions have had Embry serving as Vice President for Advancement at Illinois College
(Jacksonville, Ill.) , Director of Development at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, Director of Campaign Giving and Director of Annual Giving at Centre College (Danville, Ky.), and Director of Annual Giving at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.). He also is a recognized speaker and guest lecturer on fundraising, marketing and institutional branding at numerous national and regional conferences.
Embry, a freelance musician, has been a volunteer and board member for a variety of arts, community and religious organizations. He is past chairman of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity’s National Ritual Committee. In January 2014, Embry was presented with its Merit Key Award, the second highest national honor bestowed on a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, recognizing his dedication to the Fraternity as a volunteer, as well as his professional standing in the education industry and commitment to the greater community he is involved.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Embry has his master’s degree from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tn.) in higher education administration, with an emphasis in institutional advancement. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, Ky.). Embry recently married the now former Elizabeth Schwaab, a Saint Louis University alumna. Beth Embry is Director of Global Programs at SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, and her parents are St. Louis natives. Beth’s mother is an alumna of Ursuline Academy and father is a St. John Vianney High School alumnus.