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Jonathan Purvis is a respected leader in higher education advancement with over 25 years of experience. He was named Butler University’s Vice President for Advancement on April 16, 2018. Purvis led the public fundraising phase of Butler Beyond: The Campaign for Butler University which concluded on May 31, 2022 having surpassed its $250 million goal with $262 million raised.
Prior to arriving at Butler, Purvis held progressive leadership positions at Indiana University including Vice President for Development and Regional Campuses, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the Indiana University School of Education, and Executive Director of Special Gifts and Annual Giving.
Purvis holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential (CFRE) and has taught a variety of fundraising courses. He is a frequent presenter on a range of Advancement topics and a contributing author to the third edition of the acclaimed Achieving Excellence in Fundraising. He holds a BA in English and Master of Public Affairs, both from Indiana University.
Having grown up in Noblesville, Indiana in a family of Butler alumni, Jonathan is excited to be part of the Butler community along with his wife Brittany, daughters Sophie and Abi, and son Joshua.
Betsy Weatherly has served at the University since 2011, most recently assuming the role of Associate Vice President for University Advancement. She is responsible for driving the fundraising strategy for major gift pipeline development and ensuring all critical functions of Advancement are optimally aligned to execute that strategy.
At Butler, she has served in annual giving, donor relations, and campaigns. Most recently, she oversaw the University’s comprehensive campaign, Butler Beyond, which exceeded the goal of $250 million, raising $263 million. Weatherly also led the $19 million Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2011, which exceeded that campaign’s initial $16 million goal. Weatherly also served on the Higher Learning Commission Work Group for Butler’s most recent accreditation.
Weatherly earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications from Indiana State University and a master’s in executive development for public service from Ball State University.
Thomas Benoist is an Indianapolis-based fundraiser serving as Associate Director of Development for the College of Education at Butler University since 2023. His experience in fundraising includes individual giving strategy, stewarding corporate sponsorships, peer-to-peer fundraising, annual fund management, and major gifts cultivation. Thomas strives to provide exceptional philanthropic experiences for all donors, prioritizing their charitable passions.
Thomas holds a BA in Theatre from Butler University and a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. Additionally, Thomas became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2023.