Jon Baesman has been tapped to lead Reinhardt University’s Office of Advancement, managing fundraising efforts for the University.
Baesman joined the University Aug. 1 and is charged with fundraising for capital projects and endowed scholarships. He comes to Reinhardt with a strong foundation in fundraising with some of his career accomplishments including securing seven and eight figure gifts while managing capital campaigns ranging from $3 million to $500 million. He has played instrumental roles in raising nearly $1 billion for dozens of higher education and healthcare institutions.
“Jon brings to Reinhardt years of experience in leading capital campaigns and providing advancement services to nonprofits throughout the country,” said Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard. “His experience will engender the trust of donors and move us to the next level of fundraising. I look forward to introducing him to alumni, donors and friends of the University as we work together to increase scholarships for students, build a nursing facility and engage with new and faithful Reinhardt supporters.”
Baesman said he is excited to lead the Advancement team and meet Reinhardt alumni, community constituents, faculty, staff and students.
“Reinhardt is poised for success, and I am excited to work with President Mallard, the Board of Trustees and the Advancement team to raise money to advance the University in its mission and strategic goals,” he said. “I have met with several alumni who spoke highly of Reinhardt’s history of excellence and its current upward trajectory.”
He chose Reinhardt because of its size and affiliation with the United Methodist Church. He feels there is more opportunity to get involved and contribute at a small, private university. Growing up Methodist, he knows firsthand the church’s strong commitment to excellence in higher education.
Over his career, Baesman has worked with Emory University, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, University of Kansas, The Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Iowa, Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Marymount University, Christian Brothers University and Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in philosophy from The Ohio State University. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.