Brandon Bruce welcomed as MC’s advancement officer

Brandon Bruce, former public policy director for the National Network for Youth, has joined the staff of Maryville College’s Advancement Division as a regional advancement officer.

He began his new position June 16, and replaces J. Ryan Stewart ‘99, who is enrolling in medical school this fall.

As a regional advancement officer, Bruce will visit alumni and friends on the East Coast, building support for the College’s “Our Window of Opportunity” campaign. An $83-million initiative, the campaign seeks to provide funding for the construction of a new Civic Arts Center, the renovation of Anderson Hall and the growth of the College’s endowment and the Maryville Fund.

A native of Los Olivos, Calif., Bruce is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Bruce graduated with highest honors from Concord Law School and is a member of the American Bar Association and the California Bar Association.

In addition to his position with the National Network for Youth, his previous work experience includes chairing the Sacramento-based California Coalition for Youth.

“We are thrilled to have Brandon join the Advancement team,” said Holly Jackson-Ludlow, assistant vice president for development. “I feel confident that Brandon’s unique experience and varied background, combined with his legal knowledge, will help us secure vital resources for this institution.”

In 2007, Bruce was named a winner of the Global Young Social Entrepreneurs Competition for developing the largest U.S. website dedicated to connecting young people with local community resources. He received a scholarship award to attend the Global Knowledge conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Bruce has also given speeches at a G7 conference in South Africa and at United Nations conferences in Malta and Ethiopia. He was one of six U.S. winners of the Junior Summit global essay competition in which he proposed using Internet technologies to reduce illiteracy. Bruce has been awarded scholarships to Japan and Switzerland, and he was named a top-25 global visionary at the United Nations World Telecommunication Development Conference.

He and his wife, Dr. Tricia Bruce, live in Maryville. She is an assistant professor of sociology at the College.

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