Thiel College names vice president for college advancement

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announced today that Samuel D. Siple has been appointed vice president for college advancement, a position he will assume on July 1.

Siple has substantial advancement and executive leadership experience in education. His most recent positions include senior principal with Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a campaign services and charitable resource development firm, and president of Eden Christian Academy in Pittsburgh, where he developed and managed a comprehensive fundraising program that yielded higher contribution and participation rates. Previously, he served for nearly 10 years at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., as executive director of public relations & marketing and later as vice president for institutional advancement.

 “At a critical moment in Thiel College’s growth, we have found a leader for our advancement efforts with a proven track record of success in higher education and a dedication to the ideals of service, integrity and excellence on which Thiel was founded,” said Dr. Troy D. VanAken, Thiel College president. “Sam’s leadership, consensus building and open communication style will improve and enhance our fundraising efforts. We look forward to his contributions to the Thiel community.”

Siple holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications, both from Geneva College.

As vice president for college advancement, Siple will serve as Thiel College’s chief fundraising officer and provide critical leadership to fundraising initiatives, activities and campaigns for the College, as well as provide philanthropic leadership to the campus community and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Siple currently lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Donna Lee, and their children, Madison, Kodiak and Sam.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.