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Rick H. Jeric Named Josephinum Vice President for Advancement

Rick H. Jeric, Senior Director for Major Gifts at the Pontifical College Josephinum, has been named as the seminary’s Vice President for Advancement, effective September 8, 2023.

Jeric brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in Catholic institutional and diocesan development and advancement, particularly in the areas of major gifts, planning, annual giving, planned giving, capital campaigns, and foundations. 

Before joining the Josephinum staff as Senior Director for Major Gifts in October 2022, Jeric served on the seminary’s Board of Trustees for nine years – the longest tenure permitted by the Board – from 2013 to 2022. Also prior to his current position, Jeric established the Catholic Foundation of West Central Wisconsin for the Diocese of La Crosse. In Columbus, he was Executive Director for Women’s Care Center, as well as Executive Director for Development and Planning for the Diocese of Columbus for 14 years.

“We are very pleased to have Rick transition to his new role as Vice President for Advancement,” said Very Reverend Steven Beseau, Josephinum Rector/President. “A proven leader and collaborator, Rick brings unparalleled expertise in many aspects of fundraising, development, and planned giving. His insightful contributions to the Josephinum’s Board and his recent work in major gifts are a testament to his personal and professional commitment to the Church and our mission.”

As Vice President for Advancement, Jeric will guide the Josephinum’s Advancement Office, providing strategic oversight to all aspects of fundraising including planned gifts, annual giving, and implementation of the Advancement portion of the seminary’s strategic plan recently approved by the Board of Trustees.

“The Pontifical College Josephinum is one of the great seminaries not only in America but the world,” said Jeric. “Its independent, pontifical identity makes it very unique, and to support the formation of future priests here is a true honor. I am both blessed and humbled to be in this new leadership position and to advance the Josephinum’s mission to form holy, generous, adaptable, and resilient priests for the 21st century.” 

Jeric transitions to his new role following the service of Doug Stein, who served the Josephinum for three years. “I am very grateful to Doug for his leadership, guidance, and help during this transition,” said Jeric. “Because of Doug’s leadership, we are in a solid position to move forward and further the mission of the Josephinum.”

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