Tim Bruner Joins YC

Bruner named special assistant to the president


Tim Bruner Tim Bruner, a former York College PR director and journalism instructor, has rejoined the college staff as special assistant to the president, according to President Steve Eckman.

Bruner, who worked at York College from 1977 to 1985, went on to serve as vice president and chief development officer at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. and Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. He also worked as executive director of the North Mississippi Health Systems Foundation.

York College is experiencing unprecedented growth and financial stability, expecting a record enrollment this fall and having finished in the black in recent years. The College is planning to “strike while the iron is hot,” and build on its current momentum of success. The addition of Bruner to the advancement team is a step to that effect.

In his new role with York College, Bruner will focus on developing stronger financial resources for the college. He will work closely with President Eckman and the college's advancement staff in cultivating new funding sources for special campus initiatives and opportunities to underwrite and enhance programs.

A Kansas native who graduated from high school in Wisconsin, Bruner received a bachelor's degree from Harding University with a double major in journalism and political science. He later earned the MBA from Syracuse University.

Bruner will maintain a home office and operate out of Batesville, Ark., where he and his wife Kathy have lived for the past 8 years. The Bruners have three grown daughters and six grandchildren, all residents of Arkansas.

According to Eckman, Bruner will focus most of his efforts on the Southeastern part of the United States as well as Eastern Texas.

"We have a large number of donors, friends, alumni, board members and prospects in the area referred to as the Bible Belt," Eckman said. "Tim already lives in the buckle of that geographic belt and is well suited to represent York College. He worked here for a number of years, has remained in touch with many friends of the school and is a passionate proponent of Christian education. Further, he has extensive contacts all over the Southeast and years of experience traveling in that area.

"Tim has always had a spirit for missions, going back to his and Kathy's years of mission service in Zambia, Africa. He has always seen the work of York as a mission site, providing opportunities for church leadership development in an area where it is desperately needed. We're excited about Tim's willingness to join our effort to grow this work in the service of Christian education."

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