Since beginning a full-time career in fundraising in after teaching high school chemistry and Spanish, Kisha R. Norris, M.Ed., CFRE, is working to establish herself in the Adventist philanthropic world. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Norris worked in the Advancement Office at Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) in the areas of annual giving and gift records. After graduation, her full-time philanthropy career started at SWAU as the Assistant Vice President for University Advancement where she handled management of the development office, donor relations, campaign management and major gift fundraising. Before her current position, Ms. Norris was the Director of Development for the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University Health for five and a half years. During her years at LLU, Ms. Norris earned the designation Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.
Norris holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Secondary Education and Music minor as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership both from Southwestern Adventist University. Her experiences also include publications, fundraising event planning, planned giving and alumni relations. Ms. Norris is currently the Executive Director of Advancement and Development at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.
Advancement & Development7000 Adventist Blvd NWHuntsville, AL 35896
Kisha NorrisExecutive Director Advancement & Development
Phone: (256) 726-7201Fax: (256) 726-7337