Jennifer Schuller began her career at Hiram in 2005 as the assistant director of alumni relations and annual giving. During her 12 years at the College, she has moved into several progressively responsible positions, managing all major gifts and planned giving and overseeing the annual giving program as well. She has also played a lead role in helping to grow Hiram’s endowment.
In 2015, Ms. Schuller was appointed to the role of vice president of development and alumni relations. In this position, she is responsible for all aspects of the College’s fundraising efforts. As VP, her duties include the following: managing the annual fund and major gift programs, supervising alumni relations, and growing corporate and foundation relations. In her first year in this position, Schuller helped the College secure two seven-figure gifts, including the largest single cash gift in the College’s history. These two sizable gifts, in turn, contributed to a record-breaking year in gifts and pledges. Indeed, Ms. Schuller helped to lead Hiram to its most successful fundraising year in the College’s 167-year history, garnering $9.3 million in gifts.
Prior to joining Hiram, Ms. Schuller gained five years of experience in development and alumni relations at two other institutions of higher learning. In this sense, her career has been a varied one, having worked at a large public university, a private research institution, and a small liberal arts college. Her most recent role before coming to Hiram was the associate director of alumni relations at Case Western Reserve University. There, she was responsible for the University’s alumni and student outreach efforts.
Schuller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art therapy and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. She also gained a master’s degree in education with a focus in higher education administration from Kent State University.