Blessings & Gratitude for Sarah Perry

Written by Kristina Alvarado
May 7, 2015

Dean Mark. S. Markuly, PhD and Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry are deeply grateful to Sarah Perry for nearly ten years of exemplary service as Seattle University?s Senior Director of Development for University Initiatives & School of Theology and Ministry. At the end of May, Sarah Perry will be transitioning to the position of Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. We celebrate this great opportunity for Sarah, while recognizing how much we will miss all she brings and has brought to our school. ?Over the past two years, Sarah has additionally supported Seattle University?s Division of Mission & Ministry, Institute of Catholic Thought & Culture, and Student Development with their campaign efforts.

Sarah?s infectious enthusiasm for the school?s mission and her deep commitment to our students, alumni, friends, staff and faculty has played a key role in the School of Theology and Ministry?s dramatic successes during her tenure. Friends and donors of the school that are passionate about the school?s unique focus and degree programs have given generously to student scholarships, special projects, and faculty scholarship. ?Most recently, the school has received grants from some of the nation?s most selective foundations--including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Carpenter Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation. Sarah Perry has been a significant ambassador for the school, and a warm welcoming presence to the extended School of Theology and Ministry community of friends and supporters.

Sarah, herself, has been deeply impacted by the opportunity to work here: ?It has been my honor and distinct pleasure to serve the mission of Seattle University and the School of Theology and Ministry for almost ten years. I am humbled by the caliber of the people I have been able to work with every day, and even more still by those who share the vision and mission and have chosen to express it through advocacy, volunteer leadership, philanthropy or all three. The light of the school attracts amazing individuals and it has been a blessing to be in relationship with each and every one and to be a part of something that they hold so dear. I leave with a full and joyful heart knowing that this school is well loved and supported as an innovative model of engagement into the future. I only wish I could adequately share my gratitude with each person before I leave. Since I can?t possibly do so, I will hold the gratitude in my heart and take it with me into all that I do going forward.?

?Sarah Perry is a truly unique individual and we have been blessed to have her work for the School of Theology and Ministry for so many years,? said Dean Mark Markuly, who has worked closely with Ms. Perry on the school?s development efforts. ?Since its inception, the school has worked hard to re-think the role a seminary or school of theology plays in the life of the church, the community and the world. Such an endeavor requires a lot of financial resources to support new projects and initiatives. Sarah has approached each new effort with zeal and creativity. Her passion for this work has made encouraging support for these efforts a joyful enterprise for everyone involved. We will all miss her a great deal. ?Cornish is getting a great new member to its executive team.? ?

As Director of Stewardship, Sarah has helped Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry secure support for major initiatives on Faith & Family Homelessness, interfaith dialogue, ecumenical dialogue, student debt and economic literacy and management, public theology in society, pastoral leadership renewal for working pastors, the emerging practices of worship and liturgy, and a host of scholarship and program fund-raising for students in the U.S. and abroad - especially nations in Asia and along the Pacific Rim. The school will continue the relationships with individual donors and foundations that have been cultivated so well over the past ten years by Sarah Perry, Dean Markuly, the faculty and staff and the many volunteers we are privileged to have as part of the school?s extended community.

Dean Markuly shares: ?Over the past decade, the school has augmented to prepare students for work in non-profits, industry and government, as well as for churches. The school now has earned a solid reputation as one of the more innovative institutions in the nation, with a growing visibility in certain regions of the world. Sarah played an important role in that dramatic growth, and for this we will have an undying gratitude.?

Please join us in celebrating Sarah Perry, and in recognizing all that she has brought to the school throughout our work together.?