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Kale Gober to Lead Advancement at Grand Canyon University

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Kale Gober, the University of Central Arkansas’ vice president for university advancement, has accepted the top advancement job at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

“The efforts of our advancement office are really starting to have an impact, and the addition of Dr. Gober will take that even further,” GCU President Brian Mueller said in a news release. “He understands the Christian mission of our institution, as well as the importance of engaging GCU alumni, donors and friends with the intent of sharing our strategic vision to secure private support for our students and faculty. There are a lot of donors who have seen what has and continues to transpire here and want to back us in a big way.”

Gober, part of Arkansas Business’ 2019 40 Under 40 class, has spent four years leading advancement at UCA. Before that, he was assistant athletic director for development at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He started his career at his alma mater, Henderson State University of Arkadelphia, where he was director of athletics for three years.

“GCU is committed to educating students through a Christian worldview, and this is a movement of which I am excited to be a part,” Gober said. “I’ve always had two passions — the power of higher education and advocating for social equality — and I’ve been fortunate to build relationships and solicit support for the past decade at three wonderful institutions; it’s very rewarding to feel like your work is making a difference.”

UCA President Houston Davis told Arkansas Business that UCA is happy for Gober and “proud that other universities are looking to UCA for best practices and talent.” He said he would name interim leadership in the coming days.

“The strong leadership throughout that division allows us to worry less about the short term and not rush to judgment on a permanent replacement,” Davis said. “We will continue executing our plan for the coming 36 months and take the time to search for the right person to lead us into the next five years.”

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and offers more than 230 academic programs, emphases and certificates for traditional undergraduate students and working professionals.

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