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BUF Welcomes James Howell as New Executive Director

We’re thrilled to extend a warm welcome to James Howell, our new Executive Director at Bethlehem University Foundation. James rejoined Bethlehem University Foundation as the Executive Director at the end of November 2023, marking his return after a decade since his prior tenure with Bethlehem University.

His journey began at Bethlehem University, where from 2009 to 2012, he spearheaded the university’s inaugural $25 million campaign, amplifying its endowment, establishing scholarships, and facilitating new academic infrastructures. James brings over two decades of invaluable experience in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and strategic consulting.

Previously, James served as the Development Director for Father Flanagan’s Boys Town Louisiana, where he fostered transformative partnerships benefitting over 7,000 vulnerable youths and families in New Orleans. His tenure as the Chief Development Officer at Catholic Charities of Oregon saw a remarkable 150% surge in charitable contributions, leading groundbreaking initiatives addressing homelessness, immigration, and family counseling.

His career has been characterized by impactful roles in various national nonprofit organizations, including Catholic Charities USA and the YWCA USA. Notably, at the Appleseed Foundation, he managed a pivotal $4 million project, “The Continuing Storm,” crucial in shaping policy responses post-Hurricane Katrina.

Beyond his professional endeavors, James is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, contributing significantly to international conferences and serving on multiple boards, including the Alzheimer’s Foundation and Rotary Club International.

A graduate in History from William Carey College, James has honed his leadership skills through programs at the Maastricht School of Management and Morehouse College, while also earning recognition as an American Express Nonprofit Fellow. His rich and diverse background positions him perfectly to lead Bethlehem University Foundation toward even greater achievements in the future.

Welcome, James!