The University Advancement staff desires to establish and maintain relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporate donors for the support of the University and its students. We invite you to contact our office with any questions about how you can help support the mission of Cairn University.

Call us toll free at 866.728.0028 

Paul T. Neal

Sr. Vice President for Advancement and Communications

  • PhD (ABD), Temple University
  • MA, Villanova University
  • BA, Eastern University

Paul Neal is senior vice president for Advancement and Communications at Cairn University and co-founder and partner at Charter Oak Research, a marketing research and consulting firm serving private schools, non-profits, and businesses. Paul is also senior fellow at Center for the Advancement of Christian Education at Dordt College.

Paul is a graduate of Eastern University (BA), Villanova University (MA), and Temple University (PhD, ABD). Paul has presented and been published on various topics including the use of normative data in analysis, respondent motives, trends in education and online communities, respondent quality in research, governance, and public policy on education.

Paul has contributed to several political encyclopedias and international publications. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at several Philadelphia area universities and consults on appropriate uses of research for marketing research and intelligence needs.

Nathan G. Wambold

Vice President for Alumni and Community Affairs

  • MS in Education, Penn State University
  • BS in Education, Cairn University
  • BS in Bible, Cairn University

Nate oversees all aspects of Alumni Relations at Cairn University and also works with Advancement to support University fundraising. A member of the Council for Advancement and Support of University Education, he particularly enjoys presenting alumni with the full range of possibility for connecting with their alma mater—professional, personal, spiritual, social, intellectual, and more.

Prior to 2013 when Nate began at Cairn, he was a public school educator and department head in Chester, Limerick, and Souderton, PA. In his recreational time, he enjoys reading, exercise, and spending time in the outdoors.

Graham Thorpe

Vice President for Stewardship and Development

  • MS in Educational Leadership & Administration, Cairn University​​
  • MBA, Capella University
  • BS in Business, Eastern College​​

Graham has worked in development and advancement at Christian educational institutions for over a decade. He made the transition from relationship building in the sales world to engaging individuals and families in stewardship conversations that keep eternity in mind.

Prior to joining Cairn in 2020, Graham was the chief advancement officer at Annapolis Area Christian School in Maryland, where he is also an alumnus. His leadership role there included oversight of marketing, development, enrollment, and alumni relations. 

Originally from Annapolis, MD, Graham lives in Bucks County with his wife, Deanna, and their four children. He enjoys all things outdoor-related and is a lifelong Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fan.

Keith W. Johnson, CFP®, CWS®

Vice President and Executive Director, The Regency Foundation at Cairn University

Planned Giving Officer

  • MBA, Cairn University
  • BS in Bible, Cairn University
  • CFP®  Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
  • CWS®  Certified Wealth Strategist® Board of Standards

Keith leads The Regency Foundation at Cairn University and also serves as planned giving officer to support the University’s fundraising efforts. With more than 30 years of experience as a financial planner, wealth strategist, and investment manager, Keith is able to offer our alumni and friends of the University expertise in advanced charitable gifting strategies as well as estate planning. He also serves on the faculty of Cairn’s School of Business.

Immediately prior to joining Cairn, Keith served as senior regional manager with Charles Schwab’s Private Client Group in Denver, CO, where his team managed in excess $3 billion. 

He currently resides in Perkasie, PA, with his wife, Richene, where they enjoy time with their four grandchildren. 

Benjamin J. Best

Director, Development and Foundations

  • BS in Biblical and Theological Studies, Liberty University
  • MA (Religion), Cairn University (completion December 2020)

Ben came to Cairn University after working for more than a decade in business management. He previously worked in the Financial Aid Office before joining the Advancement team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical and theological studies and is pursuing a master’s degree at Cairn University. Ben is also an assistant pastor in a local church and is passionate about teaching and applying God’s Word to daily life.

In his free time, Ben loves to rock climb, kayak, and be outdoors. He is often found playing the guitar; working on his vintage Fiat,  going on adventures with his family; and reading anything related to theology, philosophy, watches, or vintage automobiles.

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