President's Office

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Peyton Randolph Helm

President's Office
Muhlenberg College
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104
484-664-3125
fax: 484-664-3107
helm@muhlenberg.edu

Education
Yale University, B.A. 1970.    Magna Cum Laude; honors in major (Archaeology); Phi Beta Kappa.

University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. 1980. Doctorate in Ancient History, specializing in ancient Greek and Near Eastern history and literature.  NDEA Fellow, 1973-75; Teaching Fellow, 1975-76; Dean’s Fellow 1976-77.

Academic Administration

2003 - 

President, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Muhlenberg College is a highly selective, private, residential liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2100 full-time students.

2001-2003 Vice President for College Relations. Colby College, Waterville, Maine. Reporting to the President of the College as a member of the President's cabinet. Administration of the College's fundraising, alumni relations, and communications/marketing programs (public relations, publications, College magazine, College website), including supervision of 53 full-time staff.
1988 - 2001  Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Campaign Director.  Colby College, Waterville, Maine.  Reporting to the President of the College as a member of the President's cabinet. Administration of the College's fundraising and alumni relations activities, including supervision of 45 full-time staff. Serve as the College's Principal Gifts Officer, soliciting gifts of $1 million and above.   Close and extensive work with Trustees and Overseers of the College on strategic planning and fund raising. Secretary to the Board of Trustees Development Committee, Nominating Committee, Campaign Steering Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee.  Led Colby to the successful completion of its $100 million comprehensive campaign with $150 million raised, and 51% participation in alumni giving.

1986-1988 Director of Development, School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), University of Pennsylvania.  Reporting to the Dean of SAS and the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations; Supervision of all SAS fundraising activities, including corporate & foundation relations, graduate annual giving, major gifts and principal gifts, in coordination with the University's central development office. Responsible for laying groundwork for the SAS component of Penn’s $1 billion campaign.

1984-1986 Associate Director of Development, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.  Responsible for foundation grant writing, stewardship and acknowledgements, and major gift solicitations.
1981-1984 Coordinator of College House Programs, University of Pennsylvania. Chief operating officer for Penn’s six College Houses.
1979-1981 Senior Administrative Fellow and Assistant Dean of the College, Hill College House, University of Pennsylvania.  Chief operating officer of Penn’s largest College House and Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences.

 
Teaching and Scholarship
2003 - Professor of History, Muhlenberg College. Teach one course annually in ancient history.
1988-2003    Professor of Classical Studies, Colby College. Teach one course annually in ancient history.
1981-1988 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ancient History and Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Taught courses in ancient Greek and Near Eastern myth, epic, and history; history of the city in the ancient world; survey of ancient Near Eastern history.
   

Academic Publications

"Greeks in the New-Assyrian Levant and "Assyria" in Early Greek Writers.  University of Pennsylvania doctoral dissertation, Ann Arbor, 1980.

"Herodotus VII.63 and the Geographical Connotations of the Toponym Assyria in the Achaemenid Period."  Paper presented at the 190th meeting of the American Oriental Society, San Francisco, April 1980.

"Herodotus' Medikos Logos and Median History."  Iran XIX (1981).

Cambridge Ancient History III.1 (third edition). Index. 1982.

"Kind Hearts and Cold Cash: Dowry and Bride-Price in Homeric Society." paper presented at the meetings of the American Philological Association, December 1982.

"Races and Physical Types in the Classical World." in Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean, Greece and Rome, Volume I (edited by Michael Grant and Rachel Kitzinger). New York, 1987.

Other Publications
http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/aboutus/president/communique.html

   
Professional Service, Presentations,  & Awards
1989  "Career Paths in Development," panel presentation at CASE District I Conference, Montreal.
1991 

Chair, Management Track, CASE District I Conference, Boston.

"Stewardship" -- presentation at CASE District I Conference, February 1991.

1992

Chair, Fundraising Track, CASE District I Conference, Boston.

"ABCs of Institutional Advancement: Development," presentation at CASE District I Conference.

"Building a Major Gifts Team in the Small to Medium Shop," CASE District I Conference.

"From the Donor's Perspective: Stewardship."  Panel presentation at the University of Maine, Orono, June 1992.

Faculty member, CASE Institute for Newcomers to Advancement, Philadelphia, PA (September, 1992).

Faculty member, CASE Conference on Raising Major Gifts, Boston, MA (September 1992).

1991 & 1992 Twice recipient of CASE USX AIMS Award: Special Recognition for Total Development Effort (general baccalaureate-granting institutions with more than 10,000 alumni).
1993 - 1994

Chair, Senior Management Track, CASE District I Conference, Montreal, February 1-3, 1993.

Board of Directors, CASE District I

Article:  "A Farewell to Prospects: Maintain perennial growth by managing staff turnover" CASE Currents, March, 1993.

Faculty Chair, CASE Institute for Newcomers to Advancement, Baltimore Maryland, September 1993.

Faculty member, CASE Conference on Major Gifts Fundraising, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 1993.

"Conduct A Pre-Campaign Inventory," Successful Fund Raising I.11 (December 1993).

"Minimizing No, Maximizing Yes in Major Gift Solicitations," presentation to CASE / NAIS Conference, Boston, MA (January 18, 1994).

Program Chair, CASE District I Conference, Boston, MA (January 30 - February 2, 1994).

"Stewardship," address to Planned Giving Group of New England, Boston, MA (April 13, 1994).

"Stewardship in the '90's: Good Manners, Good Business, Good Sense" address to National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Northern New England Chapter, Portland, ME (November 18, 1994).

1995

CASE Circle of Excellence Award for overall fund raising program

Chair-elect, CASE District I (January, 1995)

Chair, CASE District I (July, 1995)

"State of the Union" (social and economic trends affecting philanthropy in the United States -- and how educational advancement must respond). Keynote address, Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, Halifax, Nova Scotia (January 22, 1995).  Presented with Susan Montague, Director of Development and Public Relations, University of New Brunswick.

"Is Anybody Out There Listening?  The Role of Attitudinal Research in the Advancement Program" Panel presentation at CASE District I, Providence, R.I. (January 29, 1995).  With Will Melton (V.P. For College Advancement,  Middlebury College; Ron Neif, Director of Communications, Middlebury College; John Becker, The Becker Institute, Inc.

Faculty Chair, CASE Conference on Training Volunteers in the Art of Asking, Cambridge, MA.

Faculty member, CASE Conference on Major Gifts Fundraising, Tampa, Florida, November, 1995.

1996

Chair, CASE District I (through June 30)

Past-Chair, CASE District I (chair of nominating committee, site committee)

 Faculty member, CASE Conference on Major Gifts Fundraising, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 1996.

1997 Past Chair, CASE District I (through June 30)
Faculty member, CASE Winter Institute, Sarasota, FL, March 1997
1998 

Chair, CASE Winter Institute for Senior Advancement Professionals, Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 1998.

"After the (Victory) Ball is Over: Planning for the Post-Campaign Development Effort," National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Northern New England Chapter, Fall Conference, Portland, ME. (With William A. Torrey III).

1999 Article:  "Dogs Watching Television — or why good advancement officers make bad technology managers — and how to change that" CASE Currents, May 1999.
2000 Chair, CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fund Raising. Hanover, NH. July 2000.
2001 Practitioner/Reactor, Presidential Seminar on Leading the Advancement Function. Harvard School of Education, January 2001.

Chair, CASE Winter Institute for Chief Development Professionals, New Orleans, LA.  February-March, 2001.

Chair, CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fund Raising. Hanover, NH.  July 2001.

2002

Chair, CASE Winter Institute for Chief Development Professionals, New Orleans, LA. March, 2002.

Faculty member (Fund Raising Ethics, Capital Campaigns), Fund Raising Nuts and Bolts, A CASE Web-based Seminar.  May 15-July 15, 2002.

Faculty member, Symposium on Educational Advancement in the 21st Century, Fu Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. June, 2002.

Faculty member, Campaign Fund Raising: Case Studies and Experiences, Hong Kong University,   Hong Kong, PRC. June, 2002.

Chair, CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fund Raising. Hanover, NH. July, 2002.

2003 Chair, CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fund Raising. Hanover, NH. July, 2003.
2004 Panelist, CASE District II Conference, Philadelphia. February, 2004.
2005 Keynote speaker, CASE Winter Institute for Senior Development Professionals, March, 2005.
2006

Panelist, AICUP Annual Meeting, Harrisburg, PA March 2006.

Panelist, CASE Summit, New York City, NY July 2006

2007 Workshop on the Role of Presidents and Trustees in Advancement, AGB National Conference on Trusteeship, Phoenix, AZ March 2007  (co-presenter with Dr. Elizabeth Flanagan, Virginia Tech University).
2008 Workshop on the Role of Presidents and Trustees in Advancement, AGB National Conference on Trusteeship, Boston, MA April 2008  (co-presenter with Dr. Elizabeth Flanagan, Virginia Tech University).
   

Professional Service
AICUP (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania), Board of Directors , 2007-
CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), Board of Trustees, 2007-
LVAIC (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges and Universities), Board of Directors 2003-
NAICU (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities) Board of Directors, 2008

 

Community Service
Waterville, Maine City Council (1991 - 1993)
Waterville, Maine Welfare Appeals Board (1991-1993)
St. Marks Episcopal Church, Waterville, Maine -- Sunday School teacher (1990 - 1993); Sunday School director (1993-94).
Trustee, Waterville Public Library, 1993 – 1999
Allentown Ahead (economic development working group), Allentown, Pennsylvania (2003-2004)
Arts District Visioning Team, Allentown, Pennsylvania (2003-2004)
Board of Governors, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (2004 - 2007 )
19th Street Champions Group, Allentown, Pennsylvania (2004- )

Personal
Married, two sons.