Our department is comprised of separate teams working together toward a common goal: Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Planned Giving. You may contact individual employees using the phone numbers and email addresses below, or by calling our main line: 423.236.2829.

Office Hours: 8 am - 5:30 pm (M-Th) / 8 am - 12 pm (F)

Mailing Address: Advancement, P.O. Box 370, Collegedale, TN 37315


  • Ellen Hostetler
    Ellen Hostetler
    Vice President for Advancement

    Ellen provides leadership to all areas of Advancement, in addition to serving on the president’s cabinet. She enjoys getting to know students, as well as meeting alumni and friends of Southern to hear their stories.

  • Lori Thompson
    Lori Thompson
    Administrative Assistant
  • Robert Bovell
    Robert Bovell
    Associate Director

    Robert enjoys building lasting relationships with alumni and constituents to help advance the university’s mission and transform students’ lives.

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    Kenny Turpen, '09
    423.236.2467 kmturpen@southern.edu

    Kenny focuses on donor stewardship, administering the scholarships and endowments program, and overseeing Annual Giving.

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    Lucas Patterson
    Strategic Partnerships

    Lucas facilitates Southern's grant writing work and seeks out strategic collaborations benefiting Southern's long-range goals.
  • Sandra Delgado
    Sandra Araujo-Delgado
    Annual Giving Manager
    423.236.2466 sandraa@southern.edu

    Sandra connects alumni and friends with opportunities to support projects they’re passionate about.

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    Eric Baerg, '07
    Database Manager
    423.236.2474 ejbaerg@southern.edu

    Eric is a Blackbaud Certified Raiser’s Edge Professional and manages Southern’s alumni/fundraising database.

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    Candy Reichert
    Donor Recognition and Records Coordinator

    Candy ensures that all of the gifts that come in to the university are receipted accurately and in a timely manner.

Alumni Relations

  • Cheryl Torres
    Cheryl (Fuller) Torres, '05 
    Director of Alumni Relations

    Cheryl enjoys connecting with Southern graduates around the world, strengthening their relationships with students and the university. She leads the planning and implementation of several alumni events, including Homecoming Weekend.

  • John Boone
    John Boone, '21 
    Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

    John helps build connections for and with Southern alumni. He assists the director in planning and hosting several alumni events, including Homecoming Weekend.


Planned Giving

  • Kimberly Bobenhausen
    Kimberly Bobenhausen
    Director of Planned Giving

    Kimberly helps alumni and friends explore estate and other planned gifts that leave a legacy of life-changing opportunities for Southern students.