Southern Adventist University Welcomes New Vice President for Advancement


Southern Adventist University is pleased to welcome Ellen Hostetler as the new vice president for Advancement. Hostetler, who began her responsibilities last week, is no stranger to Southern; since 2017, she has served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Business, teaching introduction to business and personal finance courses. She brings more than six years of fundraising experience to her new role, having most recently served as director of development for It Is Written, a faith-based media ministry headquartered in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Additionally, Hostetler holds a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.

“I’m thrilled that Ellen will be heading up our Advancement team and serving as an important member of Southern’s administration,” said President Ken Shaw, EdD. “As I have gotten to know her, I am impressed with Ellen’s passion and enthusiasm for growing the philanthropic support for Southern, building and nurturing strong and lasting relationships with our alumni and friends, and maximizing the potential of each member of the Advancement team.”

Originally from Minnesota, Hostetler enjoys snow skiing, mountain hiking in Colorado, baking sour dough bread, and she recently took up acrylic landscape painting. She describes herself as falling in love with Jesus every day.

“I’m excited to combine my passion for education and ministry as I partner with the friends, alumni, and investors of Southern Adventist University in reaching a world for Christ through Christian education,” Hostetler said. “It’s a wonderful honor to watch former students and friends of the university see their passion and initiatives realized as the next generation of leaders are trained and equipped through their generosity.”