Conservative development leader joins College’s Center for Vision & Values

Jeffrey S. Trimbath, an experienced development officer whose career has been grounded in conservative policy promotion, will be joining the leadership team at Grove City College and its Center for Vision & Values effective August 6.

Trimbath joins Grove City College and the Center for Vision & Values from the Washington D.C.-based Heritage Foundation, where he served as senior advisor to the president and the John Von Kannon Fellow for Philanthropy. He inspired friends and benefactors to increase their involvement with the Foundation while overseeing regional and planned giving development staff.

Trimbath will assume the role of Executive Director of the Center while Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of Political Science and current Executive Director, assumes the position of Senior Director and Chief Academic Fellow. This will allow the Center to more effectively expand its academic and institutional resources to new audiences.

“Jeff is deeply committed to Grove City College’s mission and a passionate advocate for faith and freedom.  His unique ability to connect the College with kindred spirits who share our values will be a major advance in the College’s strategic plans,” College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 said. “We are pleased to welcome an accomplished leader who understands the critical intersections that exist between faithfulness, stewardship and independence, and I look forward to his wise counsel in relation to the work of the Center and key priorities of the College.”

The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College serves as a national academic think tank for promoting conservative ideals, principles and policies that are based on individual liberty, religious freedom, free markets and the rule of law. Many Grove City College faculty scholars serve its aims while a robust Vision & Values Student Fellows program provides outstanding opportunities for students to gain practical experience in the important work of public policy. The views expressed by Center scholars may, but do not necessarily, reflect the views of Grove City College.

Kengor is looking forward to having Trimbath as collaborator and colleague. “It would be difficult to find a better friend and advocate of Grove City College with such a proven track record of fundraising within the conservative and faith and freedom movements, not to mention a committed man of faith himself,” Kengor said. “Jeff Trimbath will be utterly crucial in helping the Center for Vision & Values raise the resources it needs to continue its mission on campus and beyond campus, through supporting faculty research and writing to hosting our many lectures and conferences and other endeavors. I’m thrilled that he’s joining us. I think he’ll take us to an even higher level.”

Before joining The Heritage Foundation in 2007, Trimbath served six years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a key policy leader in the President George W. Bush administration. He previously worked for several conservative public policy organizations in his home state of Pennsylvania. 

Trimbath is a graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and holds a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. He resides in Lititz, Pa., with his wife and three children.

Conservative development leader joins College’s Center for Vision & Values

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