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North Park University Welcomes Julie Fregetto as Director of Advancement Services

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North Park University, Chicago’s city-centered Christian University, has selected Julie Fregetto as its next Director of Advancement Services. Fregetto assumes the role on April 18, 2022, and will be responsible for leading strategy, operations, and database management for the Office of Advancement.

“Julie brings many areas of technical expertise that will help advance the mission of North Park University,” said Gwen Williams, Director of Advancement at North Park. “She has the necessary leadership, operations, and database management skills we were seeking in our next Director of Advancement Services, and we thank KEES for assisting with this search to bring Julie’s expertise to North Park.”

Prior to joining Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Fregetto served in two roles at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). During her tenure at ELCA, Fregetto was one of the team members who launched the organization’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: Campaign for the ELCA, which raised just over $250 million in current and planned gifts. Additionally, Fregetto previously held roles as Senior Associate for a philanthropic consulting company in Chicago and worked for the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration in the Development Office.

“A long-term goal has been to return to higher education and serve in an academic setting where I can live out my passion for raising awareness and funds for student scholarships. It is my belief that institutions like North Park University uniquely form future leaders and professionals equipped to make the world a better place,” said Julie Fregetto, “and I am honored to be joining the North Park team.”

Fregetto holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Additionally, she recently served as Board Treasurer for the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement.

KEES supported this role through our Search Assistance service and was delighted to be North Park University’s partner of choice. 


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Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University is located on Chicago’s north side and enrolls more than 3,000 students across all levels of degrees offered. North Park seeks to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology. To learn more about North Park University, please visit


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