Have you met the college’s new director of development, Kevin Augustyn?
Coming on board in spring 2015, Kevin brings to the college a wealth of nonprofit executive leadership and development experience. More importantly, he has a lifetime appreciation of the humanities and social sciences—an appreciation furthered through his own scholarship: he holds a BA in philosophy and an MA in theology. He is currently at the dissertation phase of work for his phd in medieval history.
He relishes the fact that his role at the college operates at the intersection of the development work he has done and his academic interests. “I am intrigued by the humanities,” he says. “literature, history, philosophy, theology, and the interplay between culture and religion; these disciplines have so much to offer contemporary society, and I look forward to playing a part in the college’s work to educate students in them, as well as in the social sciences. psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminol- ogy, communication—what they have in common is how we as people connect with one another, and I can’t think of a more critical mission in education.”
Since his arrival at Mason, Kevin welcomed the task of building a development team while learning about the university, the college, and its alumni and friends. “I love the part of this job that lets me meet with people who share our goals,” he explains. “When I can connect a donor’s generosity with a meaningful cause, promoting good works for the benefit of others, it’s a huge success for everyone involved."
This article originally appeared in the 2016 edition of Cornerstone.
July 06, 2016