Huyser hired as executive director of MCC Foundation

MCC has named Kent Huyser executive director of the MCC Foundation.Kent Huyser

Huyser replaces Vincent Anch, who had served as director of the MCC Foundation since 2007 until he left in October to become executive director of the Catholic Charities Foundation.

In his new role, Huyser provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, and day-to-day management of the MCC Foundation. He will develop and execute strategies that maximize private support of MCC and develop long-term relationships with alumni, donors, board members, and community volunteers.

Huyser was previously director of development at the UMKC Foundation where he led fundraising efforts for the school of medicine. In that position, which he held since August 2012, he led outreach efforts with alumni and managed a portfolio of major gift and prospective donors.

Prior to joining UMKC, Huyser served in leadership positions at William Jewell College, including as the regional development director and the executive director of alumni relations and annual giving. In those roles, he helped manage a fundraising campaign that raised over $58 million to support the college, exceeding the campaign goal. During this timeframe, William Jewell experienced record annual giving fundraising results under Huyser’s leadership as sustainable giving to the annual fund increased 66 percent and a re-branded giving society attracted a record number of households to contribute leadership-level gifts to the annual fund. In his alumni relations leadership role, Huyser oversaw a significant expansion of alumni outreach through communications and events, and successfully implemented a new alumni website and online community that attracted thousands of registered alumni users in the first year.

Prior to joining William Jewell, Huyser held leadership roles in human resources and in the savings bonds department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

The MCC Foundation, established in 1975, is the nonprofit arm of MCC. The foundation raises money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives across the five-campus district. Last year, 550 scholarships were awarded to 331 students, for a total award amount of more than $288,000. Currently, the foundation is conducting a study to identify and implement strategies aimed at enriching the teaching and learning environment across the MCC district and improving outcomes for students, employers and the community.

Huyser began his new role on February 18.