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Advancement VP Departs, “Right-Hand” Man Steps In

October 4th, 2013

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
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Tom Ziemnick

After serving for three years as Vice President for Advancement at Patrick Henry College, Colin Stewart recently accepted a position at the Hoover Institution as the Research Fellow and Associate Director, serving as the institution’s Director of Development. Stepping into his position is Tom Ziemnick, former Assistant Vice President for Advancement. Ziemnick has been serving with the college since 2008.

Ziemnick brings almost twenty years of professional sales and management experience to his new position. During the last three years, Stewart frequently mentioned that Ziemnick was his “right-hand man.”

Ziemnick plans to maintain the system Stewart set in place and continue growing the department. He wants to continue fostering relationships with donors, in order that they feel connected to the mission and vision of PHC. He noted that PHC’s donors are devoted Christians – fathers and mothers concerned about the direction America is heading in. Their goals and concerns closely mirror PHC’s mission to restore the original American collegiate ideal of providing an excellent classical Christian education in an environment of passionate Christian discipleship, to equip young leaders to lead the nation and impact the culture. Ziemnick believes Stewart’s reorganization of the development department runs parallel with the college’s vision to “raise the bar.”

“Colin brought a level of professionalism and exceptionalism to our team,” Ziemnick said. “He matched the vision of PHC by raising our gaze up. Everyone here benefitted from his leadership, both personally and professionally. He left a team and an organizational unit. His footprint will be here for years to come.”

To Ziemnick, working in the College’s development department has never been a job but, rather, a gift and a calling. He believes his time at PHC has been appointed by God, and advancing the College’s mission and vision has been a dream come true for him.  

PHC Chancellor Michael Farris is delighted by Ziemnick’s new appointment.

“I personally know Tom as a man who is deeply committed to the mission and vision of Patrick Henry College,” he said. “He is a devoted husband and homeschooling father of three. Most importantly, having been personally involved in his coming to Christ, I know Tom loves the Lord with all his heart.”