Taylor University Appoints Rex Bennett Vice President for University Advancement


JobfitMatters is pleased to announce the appointment of Rex E. Bennett to the position of Vice President for University Advancement at Taylor University. Taylor was founded in 1846 as a Christian liberal arts College and is located in Upland, Indiana. It has been listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes.com.

Dr. Tommy Thomas, Managing Director of JobfitMatters said, “It was a privilege and pleasure to work with President Lowell Haines and Interim Vice President for Advancement Sherri Harter on this search. Taylor University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education and Taylor’s expectations for this search were high. I believe that Rex will serve the university well in his new role.”

Bennett brings a wealth of experience to the role as an executive development officer serving as Vice President for Development-Finance at Indianapolis-based real estate development and management company FSJ, Inc., since March 2016, as well as Associate Vice President and Vice President for College Advancement at Greenville College (IL) from 1989 – 1996. In addition, he served as an equity member at the Indianapolis law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC for 16 years. His previous service also includes practicing law at Indianapolis-based Benesch Dann Pecar. His law degree and past experience will prove to be quite beneficial in the role of estate planning for the university.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Greenville College (IL), Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL.), and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University College of Law (Dallas, TX).

He and his wife Nancy are parents of two daughters, Katelyn and Hannah, both of whom are graduates of Taylor University.

Bennett indicated, “Taylor University is a respected institution of higher learning with a long and rich history of excellence and Christ-centered commitment. Both of our daughters earned their degrees from Taylor, and my wife, Nancy, and I have truly grown to love and admire Taylor’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. We are thrilled to accept this opportunity to work with President Haines and the rest of the Taylor community.”

Taylor President Dr. Paul Lowell Haines stated, “We are excited to welcome Rex Bennett to this crucial role. Rex has been both a respected colleague and good friend for a number of years. His record of accomplishment, his passion for Christ-centered higher education, and his love for the Taylor University community make him a wonderful fit for our community. My wife Sherry and I look forward to having Rex and his wife, Nancy join us.”

Bennett assumed his new position on September 1, 2017.

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