August 13, 2014

Salem Welcomes New Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement

photo of Leigh H. McIlwain

On Monday, August 11, Salem Academy and College welcomed Leigh H. McIlwain as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement. This new position will serve Institutional Advancement by enhancing and expanding current development programs, including but not limited to major, planned, and annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, alumnae relations, communications, campaign leadership, and donor relations.

McIlwain brings to Salem Academy and College more than twenty years of experience in numerous higher education and fundraising positions around the Triad. She has served as Director of Foundation Relations at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Director of Corporate Relations at Wake Forest University, and as a Major Gifts Officer at Elon University. For the past nine years, she has worked at Guilford College, first as the Regional Director of Development and most recently as the Associate Vice President for Philanthropy. At Guilford College, McIlwain planned and implemented a comprehensive campaign, soliciting and cultivating donor prospects and managing their portfolios, while overseeing an institutional team of eleven.


McIlwain joins Salem at the beginning of the 243rd academic year; her expertise in higher education and fundraising are certain to be an asset to both Salem Academy and Salem College.