Charles Knapp named General Theological Seminary's vice president for advancement

November 17, 2009

The Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, dean and president of General Theological Seminary (GTS), has announced that a highly experienced development professional, Charles N. Knapp, has joined the staff as vice president for institutional advancement and alumni/ae and church relations. A New Yorker and a longtime Episcopalian, Knapp began his duties on Nov. 9.

Thirteen years ago, Knapp started his career in fundraising at Yale University, where, as associate director of development, he had significant responsibilities during and after the university's $1.7 billion Yale Campaign. Later, at Washington National Cathedral, where Knapp was major gifts officer, he secured sizable gifts from many previously uncultivated prospects. Development positions at Columbia University and at New York University Medical Center are also a part of his impressive career. Immediately before coming to GTS, Knapp served at the League of American Orchestras in New York, overseeing all annual, planned and campaign gift activity with individuals. The organization was in the midst of a $25 million comprehensive campaign.

"Charles' long career has had a dual focus on education and on the church," said Ewing, "and that makes him a perfect fit for GTS. He has had extensive fundraising experience in the education sector as well as in the church, and is also an active and committed Episcopalian. It is a pleasure to welcome him to the staff."

Knapp is treasurer and a member of the vestry at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He also chaired the search committee for their ninth rector.

Knapp is a 1990 graduate of Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music history. In college days he sang with the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus and was a member of the legendary Whiffenpoofs. He presently sings in his parish's Evensong choir and maintains an ongoing interest in early music, opera, and chamber music.