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Lourdes University names new VP of Institutional Advancement
Mary Sabin, former Senior Advisor for Governor Mike DeWine accepts position

Mary Sabin

Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Sabin as Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

A skilled fundraiser and executive, Mary brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role. In this Cabinet-level role, her responsibilities include developing and implementing a robust fund-raising program that includes donor cultivation, planned giving, major gifts, external relations and expansion of alumi/ae giving and engagement.

Prior to Lourdes, Mary served as Senior Advisor for Governor Mike DeWine’s Imagination Library. She developed and launched the program and enlisted affiliate partners and funding for all 88 counties. In a six-month span, she executed $3.5 million in donor asks and secured $2.7 million in pledges. Other accomplishments include developing a network of 10,000+ statewide and national donors who contributed more than $30 million for the DeWine Husted for Ohio campaign, the most money ever raised in an Ohio gubernatorial campaign.

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Mary, who earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Lawrence University, has also leveraged her expertise for ProMedica Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s Hospital, Maumee Valley Country Day School, United Way of Greater Toledo and the Ohio Department of Economic Development.  

“I’m elated to be joining the Institutional Advancement team at Lourdes University.  It will be a privilege to support the students, faculty, staff and the board of directors at an organization that is widely recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and a personalized approach to student engagement. And in today’s COVID 19 world, we are seeing the impact of Lourdes individuals every day on the front line of the COVID 19 battleground.” —Mary Sabin, VP of Institutional Advancement, Lourdes University

Lourdes University

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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