University Advancement

Ralph Patterson
Ralph Patterson

A message from Ralph Patterson, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of The Lander Foundation

Alumni and Friends,

At this very moment, Lander University is poised for unprecedented progress. It is a great time to be here, and it has never been a better time to be part of the Lander Family. Why? Because Lander is experiencing incredible momentum, established during a 15-year era of success led by outgoing President Daniel Ball. 

Among his many achievements, Dr. Ball positioned Lander to launch a $20 million comprehensive campaign, a campaign that will provide the financial and intellectual capital to keep us at the vanguard of higher education, keep us relevant, keep us engaged in the world and prepared for the next generation.

Dr. Ball and his wife, Marge, have a special place in the hearts of all who care for Lander. Their leadership and commitment have been far-reaching, and it has been my pleasure, when speaking with you, to hear many stories of sincere affection for all they have contributed.

Lander would not be where it is today without their love and dedication. They have prepared Lander to step boldly into the future. As we search for Dr. Ball’s successor, we will be seeking someone who shares his hunger for learning, discovering, inspiring and changing lives; someone with the same understanding of the power of philanthropy; and someone who can continue the trajectory toward a campaign with major funding opportunities for scholarship support, academic programs and unrestricted support. No matter who the next president is, we will all be in this together. Together for Lander.

You may be wondering what we will be asking of you during this campaign. Yes, we need you to consider your gift, but Lander needs more. We see this campaign as an opportunity to strengthen Lander’s culture of philanthropy – so much so that The Lander Foundation has guaranteed that 95 percent of every dollar contributed will go to the donor’s designation, and 5 percent of every dollar will be used to fuel the campaign and equip our gift officers to better support fundraising work. We see this campaign as an opportunity to exponentially broaden our base of friends and donors, and better engage the ones we already have.

As we transition to a new president and prepare for the campaign, I’d like to share with you the excellent work that members of my team are contributing, ensuring continuity and strengthening our momentum, and introduce new team members who are bringing incredible energy to our collective work.

Myra Greene (Class of ’78), director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving, collaborating closely with each of you, helped Lander secure a record-number 2,301 gifts to The Forever Lander Fund. Other members of our team include: Debbie Dill (Class of ’90), assistant director of Alumni Affairs; Donna Johnson, who works with both The Lander Foundation and the Alumni Office; Peggy Cromer, accountant for The Lander Foundation; and Linda Kidd, who serves as my assistant. Additions to the team include Adam Taylor (Class of ’87) vice president for Governmental Relations and special gifts officer, and Sadie Erwin, a new gifts officer.

The most important part of our team continues to be you. The success of The Lander Foundation is a clear reflection of the faith and confidence the Lander Family has in our beloved institution. Your gifts ensure that talented students, regardless of financial circumstances, have access to Lander’s intimate learning environment, its global perspective and the caring community that characterizes the Lander experience. You help educate the scientists, teachers, nurses and community leaders of tomorrow, and you continue to make a difference today.

Forever Lander LogoWe are truly all in this together. Together for Lander.


Ralph Patterson
Vice President for University Advancement and
Executive Director of The Lander Foundation
Phone: 864-388-8350