UNITY, Maine — A professional with extensive development, non-profit, project management and grant writing experience has been named to a newly created position.
Kurt Alan Anderson has will serve as Development Officer / Grants Writer at Unity College. The new position within the Development Department will be overseen by Executive Vice President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury.
Anderson will provide grant writing services in service to college-wide goals; develop profiles on new foundations, agencies at the local, state and federal level levels; and serve as project manager for a variety of print and web projects related to college wide initiatives. He will update profiles on organizations with which Unity College has existing relationships, and match the interests of foundations with funding priorities of the College for mutual benefit.
In addition to managing outreaches to foundations, Anderson will prepare grant proposals; serve as an active member of the Development office; maintain a portfolio of selected gift prospects; work with campus constituents on gathering information for special project proposals; and develop cultivation / solicitation strategies, among related duties.
Most recently Anderson served as Land Project Coordinator for Maine Farmland Trust, where he drafted and managed public grants; collaborated with professionals to develop and implement purchase and sale agreements, options to buy, agricultural easements , among other duties.
Additionally, he served as a Regional Biologist for Ducks Unlimited, providing technical assistance to landowners and land managers while identifying and prioritizing habitat restoration opportunities.
Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan; and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.
In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking green innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.
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