Getting back into higher education was a goal for Carmen Kent Bruner.
When the Director of Development position opened at Indiana University Northwest, she went for it with enthusiasm and succeeded.
"Iím very excited to be returning to higher education and joining the IU Northwest family," Bruner said. "Iím also looking forward to getting to know this area and be an active part of my new community."
Bruner received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University and a Masters of Education degree in College Student Personnel from Loyola University Chicago. She and her husband Bob, who manages Bowen Engineering in Crown Point, recently bought a house in northwest Indiana.
Most recently she lived in Chicago and was the Assistant Director of Individual Giving at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. At the zoo she managed and staffed the Womenís Board, which is a group of volunteers responsible for fundraising for the organization. Bruner planned and executed the zooís two major fundraising events, The Whirl and Wines in the Wild. Both of these events combined raised more than a million dollars this year.
Prior to that experience, Bruner was the Associate Director of Annual Giving at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. In this position, she regularly traveled across the country to meet with alumni, she organized class reunion celebrations each year and recruited and supervised volunteers. While at Northwestern she was an integral member of the Diversity Council, which was a committee of the capital campaign comprised of university trustees, administration and other staff members.
"I am proud to welcome Carmen to our campus. With her proven experience in fundraising, she will help us continue forward momentum as we seek external support for academic and community based initiatives," said IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland, Ph.D.