Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Parkland College Foundation has named Linda Myette as its new executive director, the foundation’s board announced Tuesday. She takes her place at the organization’s helm Sept. 3.
More than 17 years of healthcare and higher education fundraising and 20 years as an educator and administrator in higher education support Myette’s new role as the leader of Parkland’s philanthropic team and a member of the college’s executive team. She will direct the Alumni and Fundraising programs, designed to connect alumni and the community to the college and secure current and planned gifts that support Parkland’s programs, projects, and scholarships.
Myette has been part of the Champaign-Urbana community since 2004, working in development at Cunningham Children's Home, the Carle Development Foundation, and the University of Illinois. Prior to this, she served four years as vice president of university development for North Park University in Chicago and 15 years in fundraising and administration at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. She was a high school English teacher in Indiana for 10 years before going to work at Greenville College.
Parkland College President Thomas Ramage said he expects that Myette’s background as a faculty member and fundraising experience, both locally and in higher education, will meet the foundation’s directional needs. “She knows the community and very well understands the mission of Parkland College,” he said.
Myette has a bachelor’s degree from Greenville College and a master’s degree from Indiana University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). With a strong professional and personal interest in Women in Leadership and Women in Philanthropy, she has presented on these topics at national and regional conferences and webinars.
After spending her first 13 years in the Philippines as the daughter of a missionary, Myette attended high school in Warsaw, Indiana. She is a member of Champaign Rotary, Executive Club, PEO, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church. She and her husband Phil have two children and seven grandchildren.
Myette replaces Carl Meyer, who retired as the foundation’s executive director at the end of June.