Walsingham Academy Appoints New Director of Advancement

Walsingham Academy announced the appointment of Devin Arnold as the school's new Director of Advancement. In that role, Mr. Arnold will be responsible for leading the Prekindergarten through twelfth grade, independent school's alumni relations and the sustained enhancement of its fundraising efforts to include: annual campaigns, scholarship and endowment campaigns, planned giving, capital needs campaigns, and special events.

"We are pleased to have Devin Arnold join our leadership team. His demonstrated leadership and fundraising skills will enable us to continue to implement a comprehensive advancement strategy that will fully engage alumni, parents, and the larger community in the mission of Walsingham Academy," said Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle, Walsingham Academy's President. "Key to this strategy is educating the community about what it means to be a Mercy School. The Academy's dedication to the growth of each individual student - spiritual understanding, intellectual achievement, physical well-being, and social responsibility - is rooted in the Sisters of Mercy's mission based on education and social service."

A native Virginian and a graduate of Roanoke College, Mr. Arnold comes to Walsingham from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy where he managed all aspects of alumni fundraising. "It is an exciting time to join Walsingham Academy and I am honored to serve on its leadership team. I am looking forward to meeting all of the Walsingham families, as well as members of the larger Hampton Roads community," said Arnold.

"The conversations I've had with members of the Walsingham community have reaffirmed what I believe to be the most important aspect of any independent school, its mission," said Arnold. "Walsingham students of all ages benefit from a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare them for college, all the while grooming them to make a positive impact on the world by challenging and nurturing their sense of social awareness and spirituality. It is that powerful message," said Arnold, "that I look forward to sharing with the community."

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