Midland names Jessica Janssen as Vice President for Development
Midland University has announced Jessica Janssen as Vice President for Development. A deeply tied and active member of the local community, seasoned non-profit fundraiser, and experienced financial professional, she will work to engage donors and alumni as the university continues to build upon its upward trajectory.
“As we continue to grow and expand our reach, it will be important to move forward with a community-centered approach, ” said Midland President Jody Horner. “Jessica can help us continue to strengthen our bonds with alumni, donors, and friends throughout the region.”
Janssen comes to Midland after spending recent years as a senior advisor of private banking for First National Bank. Previous to her roles in wealth management and banking, she worked as the Executive Director of the Fremont Area Community Foundation, where she helped to link donors to community needs, including arts and culture, civic improvements, education, health and recreation and social services. While at the FACF, she used an aggressive growth strategy to raise the organization’s assets from $10 million to nearly $16 million.
A heavily invested member of the community and state, she has held positions on the Boards of Humanities Nebraska, Metropolitan Community College Foundation, Fremont Rotary Club, Fremont Area Young Professionals, and Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. A volunteer grant reviewer for organizations throughout the state, her service also extended into previous roles on the Fremont City Branding Committee and Community Visioning Committee.
Her appointment to the Midland position comes on the heels of President Horner’s 100th day as the university’s 16th president. As the Vice President for Development, Janssen will play an important role as Midland continues to build and grow. With an open plan to seek out campus pluralization while continuing to create new student opportunities, the institution will look to Janssen to build relationships throughout the region and strengthen connections in the Omaha business community. She is expected to be heavily involved in the development of campus expansion options as the university explores possibilities in Blair, Fremont, and Omaha.
Janssen’s deep community relationships will also play a key role in helping to further the university’s plans to enhance opportunities for students. In recent years, Midland has focused on maximizing platforms for student growth within its residential campus. In addition to the recent development of Midland’s Center for the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee, where students are teamed with professional advisors to promote accountability and academic success, the university has added 11 varsity sports and grown to host more than 250 opportunities in the performing arts in the last five years. In that same time frame, Midland’s student population has more than doubled, with enrollment reaching record highs last fall.
Janssen comes to Midland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of Nebraska – Lincoln and an M.B.A. from Midland University.