After several months of interim, Campion Academy is thrilled to announce the new Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Darcy Force, has moved to campus and officially joined our team. Recognizing the importance of a strong candidate in this role, the school board was able to re-instate it as a full-time position this year. Force became the top candidate for the job as she is highly qualified and experienced, having worked in advancement and marketing in Adventist education for over 14 years.
Force comes to Campion from Southwestern Adventist University, where she worked as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the past seven years. “When Don (Reeder) first called me about the job opening, I wasn’t looking to leave Southwestern, so my husband and I sat down together and came up with a list of things that would need to come together for us to understand that this was really God’s will for us,” she reflected. “Every single one of them was answered and it was at least ten items! The way that God guided from beginning to end, it was very evident that He was opening this door for us and that this is where we needed to be.”
Her role at Campion will include fundraising, particularly growing the endowment fund, which will be used for worthy student-aid. With a sizable endowment fund, Campion will be able to help more students afford an Adventist education. Force is particularly fond of the relational aspects of the job and looks forward to cultivating and building relationships with the alumni and friends of Campion Academy. One of her first goals for this year is to improve the database of alumni contact information, so that she can help them stay connected with their alma mater. She’s also looking forward to meeting alumni at chapter meetings she will be planning this year.
Because of her experience and skills in marketing, she will also be serving on the Marketing and Communication committee in order to help plan initiatives for recruiting and public relations. “I want to help Campion connect even more with the community, so that the local community knows that Campion is here, not just for recruitment purposes, but to be good members of our community and reach out to the people around us,” Force commented.
Don Reeder has been eagerly anticipating her arrival in this position. "I am so glad to have Darcy Force with the Campion Family,” he exclaimed, “I am looking forward the seeing how God will use the talents and experience he has given her to help Campion fulfill the mission of teaching and training young people in God's love and service.”
Many people will recognize her last name, and Darcy Force is indeed the sister of our very own Men’s Dean, Daniel Force. She’s married to Russell Branham and has two adult step-sons, Aaron and Peyton. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor pursuits such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and dirt biking with her family. As an outlet for her creative side, she also loves photography and flower arranging.
Welcome to Campion Darcy!
Jill Harlow, Communication Director