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Elmhurst U. Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

September 14, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Andrew Knap, vice president for institutional advancement at Elmhurst UniversityElmhurst University announced this month that, after a nationwide search, Andrew Knap has been selected to serve as its Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Knap, who has worked at the University since 2018, has been serving for the past several months as the interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement. During the search process, Knap was the highest-rated finalist by those on campus who interviewed him, and also garnered the support of the search committee. He begins his new role effective immediately.

“I have greatly enjoyed meeting members of the Elmhurst University family over the past three years, and I look forward to deepening those relationships in my role as vice president,” Knap said. “Elmhurst University is a special place, and we have extraordinary alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends. I am grateful for the many ways these constituencies support our institution every day.

“As we recognize and celebrate our sesquicentennial anniversary,” he added, “I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on our rich legacy while aspiring to reach new heights in all that we do for our past, current and future students.”

Elmhurst University President Troy D. VanAken said: “After working closely with Andrew these last several months, I have been impressed with his intellect, work ethic, natural leadership abilities, and commitment to Elmhurst and our mission. He has earned my confidence as the right person to see us through the current sesquicentennial campaign and beyond.”

Knap first joined the University as the senior director of advancement. Before that, he worked in alumni relations and development at the University of Chicago from 2012 to 2018.

Knap earned an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. He also has two graduate certificates from the University of Chicago.

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