Trevecca Nazarene University has hired alumna Jennifer Finch Showalter as engagement officer for the Trevecca Alumni Association, school officials announced.
As engagement officer, Showalter will strategically develop and implement programs that foster a lifelong, symbiotic relationship between the university and its alumni that helps to carry out the university mission of leadership and service. She follows Michael Johnson, whose role has shifted to serve as engagement officer for church partnerships and aide to the president for special projects.
“Jen brings a unique combination of skills and experiences that will allow her to expand and lead our engagement with our alumni community,” Trevecca Vice President of University Engagement Peggy Cooning said in a news release. “As an alumna, former development officer, teacher, pastor and manager of volunteer leaders, Jen will excel in this role.”
Showalter’s 15 years of experience in educational and nonprofit organizations include roles as executive director of advancement for FBA Houston; director of corporate and annual giving at Trevecca; and communications assistant at Duke University.
A 1997 graduate of Trevecca with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Showalter also holds a master’s degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
As an ordained minister, she has also been involved in ministry and spiritual formation. She has served as teaching pastor for Port Orange Church of the Nazarene and pastor to families with children at Houston First Church of the Nazarene.
Showalter has served in a number of leadership positions, including alumni association president at Nazarene Theological Seminary; trustee for both Nazarene Theological Seminary and Trevecca; and member of the Board of Ministries for the Church of the Nazarene’s Florida district.