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
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 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.
Assistant Director of Development
Brittany Miller joined the College of Education in August 2016 as assistant director of development. She previously supported outreach efforts for some of Michigan’s elected leaders at the State Capitol, and has assisted with fundraising at Central Michigan University. She is primarily working with alumni throughout the Midwest who may be interested in giving back to the college.
The Office of Development appreciates your suggestions, comments and questions.