Our Experienced Leaders
At Edwards + Strunk, you always deal with one of our principals. With over 50 years of cumulative experience, they know how to approach your challenges, your audiences and your opportunities.
Paul J. Strunk, M.A. – Principal
Paul Strunk brings more than 35 years’ experience in fundraising to Edwards + Strunk, including 20 years in senior leadership positions at four separate institutions of higher education. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Economics, he continued his education at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota where he received a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development.
Prior to the formation of Edwards + Strunk, Mr. Strunk served as Vice President of Advancement at three different institutions: Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA (2013-2015); University of Scranton in Scranton, PA (2001-2006); and Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA (1996-2001). Other fundraising and management experience includes time as the Director of Capital Resources at Marywood University in Scranton, PA (2006-2013) and 11 years of increasing responsibility at the University of Scranton (1985-1996) culminating with tenure there as Director of Development. His earliest nonprofit experience includes time served as Program Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Wilkes-Barre, PA (1984-1985) and as District Executive of the Forest Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, in Scranton, PA (1981-1984).
Kevin M. Edwards, M.M., M.A., CFRE – Principal
Kevin Edwards brings 15 years’ senior leadership in higher education fundraising to Edwards + Strunk. He is an honors graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and is presently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration. Mr. Edwards holds the current certification of Certified Fundraising Executive and serves as adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development program at LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA. Prior to the formation of Edwards + Strunk, Inc., Mr. Edwards served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at High Point University in High Point, NC (2013-2015) and The College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, MA (2010- 2103). From 2000-2010 he served as the Assistant Vice President for Development and Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Previous to his work in higher education, he spent 7 years in cable television advertising sales and management and 11 years’ leadership service on offshore drilling vessels in the international oil and gas exploration industry.
Joseph L. Staley, CFRE – Of Counsel
Joseph Staley is the recently appointed Vice Chancellor of Resource Development at Johnson and Wales University for the entire 4 campus system. His career embraces more than 25 years at StaleyRobeson, full service consulting firm which partnered with a variety of institutions spanning the nonprofit sector. His last 17 years StaleyRobeson were served in the position of president. His broad background includes the conduct of development studies, full and part-time direction of capital campaigns, direction of phone and mail campaigns and counseling on annual fund programs. He has demonstrated an ability to work effectively with governing boards and key volunteer leadership in the areas of campaign planning and strategy, leadership prospect identification, board and leadership gift solicitation, and other aspects of campaign organization and solicitation.
Prior to his association with the StaleyRobeson, he served as an Annual Giving Officer and Director of Young Alumni Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Canterbury School and St. Olaf College, Mr. Staley is a member of the Association of Development Officers of Westchester County (NY), the Connecticut chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification and is a frequent participant in fund-raising seminars and programs as a speaker or panel member.
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