Sandra H. Nelson appointed vice president for advancement

June 22, 2020

Sandra H. Nelson, CFRE, has been appointed Vice President for Advancement by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Board of Directors starting June 15.

“I am delighted to welcome Sandra to LSTC,” said James Nieman, president. “She brings deep experience both as a fundraiser and as a departmental leader, most recently as Vice President of the Foundation of Concordia University Chicago. I look forward to the ways she will lead our fine Advancement team.”

Nelson said, “I have known about LSTC for a long time and its commitment to form leaders for a public church. This position brings together my love of the church with my professional background. I look forward to working with people of faith to shape those who will go out to serve the church as leaders.”

Nelson brings 30 years of fundraising experience to her new role. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive in 1996.  Prior to Concordia University, she was president of the foundation and vice president for development at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Elmhurst, Ill., where she achieved a 1500% increase in donors over nine years. Nelson has been a successful fundraiser for Advocate Healthcare, Oak Brook, Ill., The Chicago Community Trust, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation and the Presbytery of Chicago.

She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and has done additional coursework and certifications with the School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, Indianapolis; Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; Graham School, University of Chicago.


Patti DeBias Assistant to the President 773.256.0728 pdebias@lstc.edu

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