Alumnus Kevin Garber has been named director of alumni relations for MidAmerica Nazarene University, effective April 1, according to Dr. Ed Robinson, president. The Baldwin City, Kan., resident and business owner brings more than 20 years experience in sales, event planning, and program development to the position.
Garber sees his new position as friend raising for MNU.
“I envision myself as the friendly face of MNU to thousands of alumni,” Garber says. “Being a business owner has given me a broad perspective, and that will help me relate with alums. My goal is to be very visible and connected to people, developing and nurturing relationships with alums around the world.”
Garber is active in both the Baldwin City and Olathe Chamber of Commerce. He is the owner of Three Sisters Inn Bed & Breakfast and KSK Products & Photography Services in Baldwin City. Previously Garber was senior sales representative for Taylor Publishing Company and served three years at MNU as director of conference services. His experience includes providing event planning and coordination for the Church of the Nazarene as the Kansas City District Coordinator for Nazarene Youth Conference, a quadrennial international event, and for the Global Ministry Center of the Church of the Nazarene’s 2009 Nazarene Missions International quadrennial conference.
Active in a number of organizations, Garber has served as a board member and treasurer for the Kansas City Urban Youth Center, and the Kansas City District Youth Council. He has also been a member of the Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene Advisory Board and the Kansas City District Nazarene Youth International Camp Board. He is an active member and volunteer at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kan.
An alumnus of MNU, Garber graduated with a B.A. in management and accounting in 1989. Since graduation he has volunteered with MNU’s Autumn Auction and Homecoming, among other events, and has served as a Board of Trustees member. As a student at MNU, Garber was yearbook editor, senior class president and a member of Heritage Choir.
“Kevin’s enthusiasm for MNU is infectious,” says Jason Drummond, vice president for university advancement. “He has been promoting MNU since he was a student and he has never stopped. We are delighted to have him on the team.”
Garber and his wife Shawna, an alumnus of the MNU class of 1995, have two sons, Matthew and Michael.
MidAmerica Nazarene University, founded in 1966, is a private, liberal arts university offering more than 40 undergraduate degrees and adult degree completion, as well as five professional graduate degrees in business, education, and counseling, and a post-graduate certificate in play therapy. In Fall 2009, MNU adopted its Priority initiative, emphasizing enhanced facilities and increased capacity for undergraduate and graduate students. MNU is located on a 105-acre campus in Olathe, Kan., and operates a location in Liberty, Mo., for adult and graduate programs. MNU is the home to Bell Cultural Events Center, Olathe’s premiere venue for fine arts performances.
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- MNU enrolled more than 1,750 students last fall.
- Although more than 33% of MNU students are of the Nazarene denomination, more than 30 other denominations are represented in the student body.
- MNU has offered innovative, accelerated adult degree completion and graduate programs for more than 20 years.
- MNU grants approximately 20 Associate of Arts degrees and more than 400 bachelor’s and graduate degrees yearly.
- The yearly economic impact of the University is more than $50 million, not including expenditures by students and campus visitors.