William “Bill” Kissick Appointed Chief Development Officer
Head of School Katie Titus announced this week the appointment of William “Bill” Kissick as Mercersburg Academy’s chief development officer. Kissick comes to Mercersburg from St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., and will relocate to Mercersburg this summer.
“We are thrilled that Bill will be joining the Mercersburg family,” Titus says. “Bill has a proven record of being an effective fundraiser and educational leader. I was immediately struck by Bill’s thoughtfulness, humility, and clarity of purpose.
“We take pride in our advancement program’s historic success. We know well that the Mercersburg family engages in our mission in ways that differentiate our school. As we look to the future, we will rely on this engagement even more, and we want to make sure the we have the right team in place to support these ambitious goals. Bill will play a critical role in helping to lead this team forward.”
Kissick joined St. Paul’s School in August 2006 to direct its first comprehensive campaign in more than 30 years. Promoted to director of alumni and development in 2011, and to chief advancement officer in 2016, he led a large team to build the school’s alumni and parent community and raise funds in support of the school. Kissick also helps staff the Development and the Trustee and Governance Committees of the St. Paul’s Board of Trustees.
In 2014, he and his team were instrumental in completing “The Campaign for St. Paul’s School,” which raised $178 million a full year ahead of its timeline. Kissick has supported initiatives at CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education), specifically the Summer Institute for Independent Schools program. St. Paul’s has received three CASE Educational Fundraising Awards during his tenure.
“I am very excited to join the Mercersburg Academy community this summer,” says Kissick. “Katie and her leadership team impressed and inspired me as they discussed the school’s mission, values, and vision. The dedication and commitment on behalf of the Board of Regents gives me confidence that great things are in store for the students, faculty, and staff.”
Prior to St. Paul’s School, Kissick spent more than 30 years working in the alumni and development field, having served as associate dean for development and external relations at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, as director of capital gifts at Deerfield Academy, and in the major gifts offices at Dartmouth College and St. Lawrence University. He has led or worked on four separate campaigns, and got his start in annual giving and alumni relations at Denison University and the William Penn Charter School.
Kissick graduated from Penn Charter and holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am excited to work with Bill,” says Deborah Simon ’74, president of Mercersburg’s Board of Regents. “As we looked for our chief development officer, we wanted to make sure we identified the right person to partner with our Board, our dedicated volunteers and donors, and our outstanding advancement team. I know our community will enjoy working with him as we seek to build on our program’s success in the years to come.”
Titus recently announced a new organizational structure at the school to help streamline direct reports, better align departments, and to create a culture of distributive leadership. The structure has allowed for a new External Relations office that will include admission and financial aid, advancement operations and constituent relations, development, marketing and communications, and summer programs. Quentin McDowell, Mercersburg’s current assistant head of school for enrollment, will take the lead starting in March as the new associate head of school for external relations. Kissick will report to McDowell and will work closely with all the offices under this new structure.
“We are delighted to announce that Bill Kissick has accepted our offer to join the Mercersburg Academy community,” says McDowell. “The addition of a proven school leader like Bill is a key component in our effort to continue the remarkable philanthropic work that has been achieved in recent years. Above all, his authentic and approachable nature will make for a great fit at Mercersburg and we look forward to welcoming him to campus this summer.”
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173