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Development Office

Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane, Room 513
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-1983

Melissa Phillips Lynch
Senior Director of Development
Melissa is the Senior Director of Development and is focused on major gift fundraising. In this key leadership position, Lynch works closely with Dean Donald Heller and fellow development officers to reach philanthropic goals established by the college. Lynch is a 1997 graduate of MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. With an extensive background in higher education fundraising, Lynch most recently served as senior director of development at the Iowa State University Foundation's College of Business.
Julie Bird
Associate Director of Development
Julie has been with the College of Education since November of 2004. She served in the role of Assistant Director of Development prior to her current role as Associate Director of Development. Before she joined the college, Julie worked as an intern and development associate in the Marketing and Annual Giving programs for MSU University Advancement. Julie grew up in Davison, Michigan and received her bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University and her master's in higher, adult, and lifelong education also from Michigan State University
Ashley Murphy
Development Coordinator
Ashley Murphy joined the College of Education as a Development Coordinator in September 2014. Prior to her current position, she worked in management with a large retail corporation. As a Development Coordinator, Ashley plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development Office and participating in all fundraising activities including donor and public relations, direct mail appeals, and special events. Ashley grew up in Okemos, Michigan and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ferris State University.

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