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Rebekkah Brown ’99 Named Vice President
for Development and Alumni Relations at ‘Berg

Rebekkah BrownALLENTOWN, Pa. (May 31, 2011) – Rebekkah Brown ’99 has been named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Muhlenberg College.  Brown is currently the executive Director of Development for the Columbia Business School at Columbia University.

“We are delighted to welcome Rebekkah back to Pennsylvania and to our campus," said Muhlenberg College President Randy Helm.  "Among a very talented pool of finalists, she distinguished herself through her broad experience in both corporate and higher education settings, her sophisticated understanding of the development profession and her deep knowledge of, and her passion for, the College.  She is well suited to lead the very talented and experience development team that we have assembled in recent years.”

A native of Hamburg, PA, Brown was a theatre and dance major at Muhlenberg College.  She received her MBA from St. John’s University.

Following graduation from Muhlenberg in 1999, she worked in public affairs at Saks Fifth Avenue and in corporate relations and marketing at St. John’s University.  After one year as Director of Corporate Development and Donor Relations at the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Brown was named Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Columbia Business School at Columbia University.  She was promoted to Executive Director in September 2008.

At Columbia, Brown has played a key leadership role in the business school’s $600 million fundraising campaign, which is part of the University’s $5 billion capital campaign.

Brown is a founding member of the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers touring troupe, and continues teaching and performing professionally throughout the Northeast.
At Muhlenberg, Brown will oversee the entire alumni and development operation, including alumni relations, the Muhlenberg Fund, the leadership gift staff, records and research and planned giving.  The College recently completed a capital campaign that secured $110.4 million.

Muhlenberg College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in Allentown, PA.  Founded in 1848, it is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.