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College names VP of development and alumni relations

July 22, 2016
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Timothy Terrentine Sr.
Timothy Terrentine Sr. Courtesy WMU

A college in the region has appointed a long-time community leader and alum to head up its fundraising and alumni relations.

Timothy Terrentine Sr. will begin his term as Western Michigan University’s VP for development and alumni relations on Aug. 22, pending approval by the school's board of trustees.

He will replace James Thomas, who left for a similar position at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

Terrentine is the EVP of the Kalamazoo-based economic development nonprofit Southwest Michigan First.

"Tim Terrentine is an executive with enormous talent for making connections and matching talented people with the resources they need," WMU President John Dunn said. "Those talents, combined with his strong Bronco ties and his extensive background in area professional, civic and charitable organizations, make him a wonderful choice for this position."

Terrentine said the position is “something of a homecoming for me.”

"It's an opportunity to grow an institution that has the power to change our culture,” Terrentine said. “Education is freedom. And this is a chance to bring so much to the region and the nation."

Terrentine’s background

Terrentine has been at Southwest Michigan First since 2010, where he has had a focus on leadership development, business retention and expansion and regional collaboration.

At the nonprofit, he has led several advocacy programs, including Catalyst University, Leadership Kalamazoo and the Wake Up Breakfast Series.

When the organization absorbed the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2012, Terrentine served as chamber president.

Since 2013, Terrentine has also served as managing director and consultant for C2 Consulting, a subsidiary of Southwest Michigan First.

Previously, Terrentine was the executive director of Kalamazoo’s Douglass Community Association and has held positions as a teaching assistant at WMU and school director of Proud to Be Me.

Terrentine is a board member of the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and was inducted into the WMU School of Communication Alumni Academy.

Terrentine graduated with a bachelor’s degree from WMU and holds a master’s degree from WMU’s School of Communication.

He holds a certificate in 21st Century Leadership from Harvard University and has been a performance coach with the Gallup Corp.

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