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Illinois College welcomes new director of donor relations and stewardship


Sharon Burchett Mather '82 recently joined the development and alumni relations team at Illinois College as director of donor relations and stewardship.

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In her role, Mather manages and executes all aspects of stewardship and donor relations at the college.

Mather brings with her more than 20 years of experience working in college advancement. The Jacksonville native will focus on strategic donor relations and stewardship. She will also manage the Illinois College Society, the College’s premier annual giving recognition circle.

Mather most recently served as coordinator of testing services at the University of Illinois Springfield. In addition, she has served as director of alumni engagement and event management at Westminster College, annual fund coordinator at William Woods University, and as a fundraiser for the Show Me Innovation Center in Fulton, Missouri. Mather has also previously served as director of alumni services at MacMurray College in Jacksonville.

Mather attended Illinois College and earned an MBA from William Woods University and a bachelor’s degree from MacMurray College. She currently serves on the Jacksonville Main Street Board of Directors and has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Jacksonville Rotary Club.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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