Clarion University welcomed James M. Geiger July 8 as vice president for university advancement. He comes to Clarion after serving most recently as vice president for university advancement at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.
Geiger, who has a successful fundraising background, said the Clarion position appealed to him in part because Clarion University Foundation, Inc., is preparing to embark on a capital campaign, generally a time of high energy in an organization.
“It’s one of those times on campus when you really have the opportunity to talk with people in terms of what’s meaningful to them and how they see their individual units coming together as a whole,” Geiger said. “I get a sense that the campus community is really looking for advancement to be a full partner in helping them realize goals and visions for what they want Clarion University to be.”
At Clarion, Geiger will continue the integration of advancement throughout both the Clarion and Oil City campuses, fostering the relationship so that it continues to prosper.
“I will represent Clarion and put others in the position to represent Clarion in this community and in other communities from which we draw students and alumni, and in which we work and live,” he said.
Geiger said he’s worked at both large and small universities, and his experiences at each will translate well to Clarion. Although Clarion physically is a small university, he finds the people and programmatic offerings to be diverse.
He plans to spend time understanding what has worked well for advancement and learning what to push so that his team can become even more successful.
“The goal-setting process is a conversation so that everyone can understand what they do, why it’s important and how it fits in with their division goals,” Geiger said.
He holds a master’s degree in health administration and a bachelor’s degree in communication systems management, both from (Athens) Ohio University.
Outside of work, Geiger is busy with his family, including wife Kristen and children: Natalie, 13; Mitchell, 11; and Reece 8. They enjoy attending the kids’ baseball games and skiing. Their family also includes a dog, three cats, a bearded dragon and a toad.