Carthage names Thomas Kline VP for institutional advancement
Thomas Kline, who led Carthage’s advancement efforts on an interim basis over the past six months, has been named vice president for institutional advancement.
With this new appointment, Mr. Kline concludes a highly effective run as both chief of staff and vice president for strategic initiatives. He now exclusively oversees the Office of Institutional Advancement, which manages alumni and parent relations, fundraising, career services, board relations, special events, and other related services.
“I am thrilled to be leading Carthage’s outstanding institutional advancement team,” Mr. Kline said. “I have had the honor of serving the College in many leadership capacities over the past four years, and I look forward to focusing on the important work of friend-raising and fundraising for the foreseeable future.”
As acting vice president since April, he saw the Campaign for Carthage through to its successful, $47 million conclusion. More recently, Mr. Kline’s staff launched the 18-month Tower Initiative to support a new residence hall, plus a 30-day crowdfunding challenge to initiate six small but valuable projects in leadership development, equity, experiential learning, the arts, and athletics.
In addition, he headed the onboarding process for President John R. Swallow, who took office July 1. Besides serving as vice chair of the transitional advisory committee, Mr. Kline oversaw a series of Meet the President events around the United States that have drawn more than 500 alumni, parents, and friends.
“As the past several months have proven, Carthage is extremely fortunate to have Tom Kline in this position,” President Swallow said. “Tom is a builder of both relationships and systems, demonstrating in project after project an ability to analyze a situation and determine how more people can be connected in common purpose.”
Mr. Kline will play a key role in shaping Carthage’s new career center, an initiative made possible by a $15 million gift from longtime benefactor Jan Tarble. He chairs a new task force intent on developing the College into a national model for career and professional development.
Based on its enviable location and entrepreneurial mindset, President Swallow has identified major opportunities for Carthage to expand its connections with businesses, government agencies, and service organizations.
“I am excited by President Swallow’s vision for Carthage to be an integral member of our local and regional community,” Mr. Kline said. “I look forward to building on our already strong partnerships to elevate Carthage and the surrounding communities to even greater heights.”
Hired in 2013, Mr. Kline came from Ithaca (New York) College, his alma mater. There, he worked for five years as director of music admissions and preparatory programs in the School of Music.
Since joining Carthage’s executive staff, Mr. Kline has contributed extensively to progress in strategic initiatives, operations, continuing studies, and student life. He spearheaded the addition of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and the semester-long, internship-based Carthage in Chicago program.
“Tom will bring those same skills to our advancement operation,” said President Swallow, “and I am confident that under his leadership Carthage will attract more people to, and engage more people in, the important work of the College.”
Mr. Kline holds a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a pair of degrees from Ithaca: a master’s in communications and a bachelor’s in music. He spent seven years as a professional percussionist before entering the higher education profession.
He lives in Bristol, a village in western Kenosha County, with his wife, Gina, and their two children.