Advancement Division


Laura Daily
Assistant to Advancement

Laura has been at EMU since 2010, previously working as director of sales and marketing for a start-up retirement community in Staunton, Va. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University in 2004, and has worked in office management and executive assistant roles in addition to marketing. She grew up in the Harrisonburg area, and currently resides in Dayton with her husband Rob, and daughters Paige and Charlotte. Laura enjoys volunteering with her church, at her daughters’ ballet company, and serving as a councilwoman on Dayton Town Council.

Kirk Shisler
Vice President

Kirk L. Shisler, was named vice president for advancement at Eastern Mennonite University, effective April 1, 2005.

Shisler, a 1981 EMU alum, oversees the 30-member advancement division, which includes the areas of fund development, alumni and parent relations, church relations and marketing and communications. Shisler also serves EMU as a member of the president’s cabinet and the strategic planning council. As vice president for advancement, Shisler serves as staff liason to the EMU Board of Trustees Advancement Committee.

Prior to his current assignment at EMU, Shisler served in a variety of roles since 1981 with ProLiteracy Worldwide, a nonprofit international literacy organization based in Syracuse, N.Y., that was formed by the 2002 merger of Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. This oldest and largest nongovernmental literacy organization in the world pursues a mission of sponsoring educational programs that help adults and their families acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives.

Shisler joined Laubach Literacy International in 1981 as public communications officer. In 1984 he became director of planned giving and in 1988 was appointed director of fund development.

From 2002 to 2005 Shisler served as vice president for fund development with ProLiteracy Worldwide. In this capacity he supervised an eight-member staff and assumed the lead role for major gift development for ProLiteracy’s U.S.and International programs.

Shisler is a native of Telford, Pa., a 1976 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Lansdale, Pa., and received a bachelor of arts degree in English from EMU in 1981.

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