Current Benedictine University Ed.D. Program Candidate Hired by University of Indianapolis as Executive Director of Development

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The University of Indianapolis has hired a current Benedictine University online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change candidate as its new executive director of development.

Benedictine University Online Doctorate of Education
“I am really looking forward to leading a team of major gift officers and faculty and staff to further develop the resources for UIndy that will allow the institution to deliver the highest quality of education and opportunities for our students”

The University of Indianapolis has hired a current Benedictine University online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change candidate as its new executive director of development. Stephanie Hays-Mussoni will oversee critical functions, including major gifts, planned giving, advancement services, prospect research, and corporate and foundation relations.

Hays-Mussoni has worked as director of gift development at Indiana University East in Richmond since 2012 where she was responsible for advancement, marketing and community/alumni relations. She previously served as executive director of the Cope Environmental Center in Centerville. “I am really looking forward to leading a team of major gift officers, faculty and staff to further develop the resources for UIndy that will allow the institution to deliver the highest quality of education and opportunities for our students,” Hays-Mussoni said.

As a Benedictine Ed.D. candidate, Hays-Mussoni is gaining vital knowledge to apply in her new role. “The courses directly relate to my professional life,” she said. “Developing a firm knowledge base in higher education allows me to work well with faculty and staff in building relationships and resources.” Ed.D. Program Director Sunil Chand, Ph.D., agreed. “Our innovative online Ed.D. program provides a wealth of current knowledge that candidates may immediately apply to their current roles,” he said.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Hays-Mussoni earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University. She enjoys traveling, camping and hiking. She and her husband, Jeremy, have two daughters – Bella, 5, and Ava, 8. They are relocating to Indianapolis from the Richmond area.

Benedictine’s Online Doctorate Degree
The Benedictine University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change program, available both on campus and online, is intended for practicing professionals who wish to accelerate their career paths in the administrative side of higher education. Studies emphasize leadership for educational and organizational improvement.

The online Ed.D. program curriculum offers the tools to anticipate and lead change in post-secondary education. Coursework is grounded in an inquiry-driven methodology characterized by critical thinking, analysis and self-reflection. This robust program makes it easy to:

  • Access your coursework anywhere via convenient, online courses supported by outstanding 24/7 technical support.
  • Collaborate with classmates throughout the country through online discussion forums and virtual meetings.
  • Have frequent access to professors through online discussion boards, online chat and virtual office hours.
  • Earn the same highly respected Benedictine University degree credential as students who attend the Lisle campus.

To learn more about Benedictine’s online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change program, click here or call (866) 395-3104 to speak with an admissions advisor.

About Benedictine University:
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, with course offerings online and in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014. Information on campus-based programs can be found at ben.edu and on online programs at online.ben.edu.

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