Midland Announces Steve Oursler as Director of Major Gifts

Midland Announces Steve Oursler as Director of Major Gifts

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Midland University is excited to announce the addition of Steve Oursler as Director of Major Gifts. 

Steve OurslerOursler is an experienced fundraiser who has worked in higher education for the past 16 years. He most recently served as the Senior Director of Philanthropy and Planned Giving at Albion College in Albion, Mich., and held similar positions at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich. and Hope College in Holland, Mich. Along with his work in higher education, Oursler worked as a Senior Underwriter and Senior Marketing Specialist with State Farm Insurance Companies. Oursler holds a Certified Fundraising Management (CFRM) certificate from the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a Certified Estate Planner (CEP) designation since 2013.

“We're incredibly excited to welcome Steve to Midland University Advancement. Steve is an experienced fundraiser who has a passion for higher education, and I'm confident that he will do great work to support the institution,” said Jessica Janssen Wolford, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "Steve's primary role will be to meet with donors, alumni, and friends of Midland University, and learn about how their interests connect with the mission, vision, and future priorities of the university."

A graduate of Hope College, Oursler finds impacting students meaningful and looks forward to a new challenge in a new part of the country. “We successfully completed a $100M campaign at Albion College, so I felt like it was time for a new adventure,” Oursler, 45, said. “I’ve had success at three different colleges, each of them with a different vision. With this new position, I see a chance to make Midland even stronger and appreciate the community being so supportive and welcoming.”   

Oursler understands the climate of liberal arts institutions, as both a student and fundraiser. He is confident that experience will serve him well in his role as Director of Major Gifts. “I come from a small liberal arts college background and appreciate all the opportunities I had,” he said. “I got to know my professors and coaches well, which helped me build confidence and become a leader. I was keenly aware this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of others.” 

An integral part of three comprehensive campaigns, Oursler sees unlimited potential and opportunities for Midland University. “Midland has already overcome some of the challenges that other universities are currently grappling with,” he said. “It’s energizing to see the University experiencing increases in enrollment, athletic programs, online opportunities, and graduate programs. There are so many success stories to share, and that is what motivated me to come to Fremont.”

Oursler is looking forward to sharing how Midland University is remaining relentlessly relevant. “I hope alumni and supporters are excited about what is happening here, as they should be,” he said. “I want alumni to know there are numerous avenues to lend support, whether through giving, volunteering, or helping recruit future Warriors. My hope is that donors will consider Midland University one of their top three philanthropic causes.”

A native of Battle Creek, Mich., Oursler has a daughter, Gabby (18) and a son, Chase (16). A former collegiate athlete in football and baseball, Oursler is an avid golfer and tennis player. He enjoys travel and regularly volunteers at long term care facilities in southwest Michigan.