A new college librarian and a director of planned giving are among the newest faces on campus.
John Doncevic ’92 and Chuck Knox joined Geneva’s staff in July as college librarian and director of planned giving, respectively. Doncevic follows in the steps of newly retired Librarian Emeritus Gerald Moran, and Knox is filling one of several new development roles for the college.
Both men point to Geneva’s unique heritage and potential for changing lives as prime reasons for the decision to accept their positions at the college.
“I get excited anytime I see lives changed for Christ,” says Knox. “The task of fund-raising and planned giving is sometimes daunting, overwhelming and even frustrating. But if the mission of Geneva is true, then we need to make every effort to persevere and keep moving forward.”
Doncevic says his hope at the library is to foster an atmosphere where students can effectively do research, write, work on group projects, meet others in the community and have quiet time. He sees working at Geneva as “a tremendous privilege.”
“Most other colleges in America started as Christian institutions, but through the decades they fell from faith,” he says. “That’s not so with Geneva, and that is what makes it distinct and special.”
Knox brings to his new role at Geneva a solid background in nonprofit development as well as expertise in financial planning. His skills and experience suit him well for the crucial work ahead of him: facilitating charitable gifts of estate, appreciated stock and trusts—and generally increasing deferred giving among Geneva’s alumni and friends.
Moran worked with Doncevic during the month of July, bringing him up to speed as chief administrator of the library, and says he is pleased with the smooth transition.
“John is a passionate servant-leader for library and information service to the whole Geneva Community,” Moran says. “With legal, biblical and professional librarian credentials, John brings dynamic academic and Christian insight of not only print and electronic information, but also understanding of the power of library educational technology, information literacy and librarians in teaching.”