Montreat Conference Center Hires New Vice President for Development

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Seth HaglerMONTREAT, NC – Montreat Conference Center is pleased to announce that Seth Hagler has been appointed as the new vice president for development. Hagler will be responsible for guiding the institution’s fundraising and developmental initiatives and will begin his work in early 2018.

“Seth Hagler possesses a wonderful blend of professional expertise and an authentic appreciation for Montreat and the conference center’s mission,” said Richard DuBose, president of the conference center. “We are delighted that he is joining our team.”

A resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Hagler most recently served as senior class officer at Tulane University. He holds a masters in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and a bachelor of arts in religious studies from Eckerd College. “These mountains echo with history, reaching far beyond the physical space of Montreat,” said Hagler. “I look forward to engaging with all those for whom this place has a special meaning in new and renewed ways.

Hagler has deep ties to Montreat, having attended the Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ worship and music conferences over sixteen years and participated in Montreat youth conferences as a youth, back home leader, small group leader, and planning team member. Montreat resident and board member Anne Rogers notes that Hagler has “a deep affection for the conference center and a desire to see it flourish – his enthusiasm is palpable.”

Hagler also serves as clerk of session at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans and has served on that church’s long-range planning task force. “Seth has a broader knowledge of the PC(USA)’s gifts and challenges than do most people,” says Heath Rada, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Mountain Retreat Association board member. “I believe he understands the importance of balancing Montreat’s bonds with the PC(USA) with healthy ecumenical relationships.”

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