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P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315
Telephone: 800.768.8437 or 423.236.2832

8:00 - 5:30 M - Th
8:00 - 12:00 F

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Carolyn M. Liers Carolyn M.Liers
Director of Planned Giving

Carolyn Liers, Director of Planned Giving, has served Southern Adventist University since 1996. Carolyn has a passion for raising awareness and encouraging biblical financial responsibility - helping current students, alumni, and friends of Southern thoughtfully plan and manage what God has entrusted in their care. "It is a privilege to work in an environment where I can serve those who value Christian education as much as I do - helping them to experience the joy of giving."

Certified to perform Planned Giving/Trust Services, Carolyn assists Southern's Planned Giving office in maintaining the highest level of Accreditation with the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Carolyn currently serves and is a member of the Planned Giving Committee, Fundraising Committee, Legacy Society, and Georgia - Cumberland Association Board of Directors. Before coming to Southern, she worked in management and corporate travel consulting.
Sue A. Kaufman Sue A. Kaufman
Planned Giving Coordinator

Sue Kaufman is Planned Giving coordinator for Southern Adventist University where she has served since June 2005. She received her certification in Trust Services through the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 2003. She previously served in Trust Services at Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists where she worked for 8 years.

Other career capacities in which Sue has served include administrative assistant at both a large medical center and a privately held corporation, and office manager of a school for Navajo children.

"It is truly a blessing and a joy serving with other individuals who are seeking to impact the future good of young people at Southern Adventist University."

Ken Norton, Sr. Ken Norton, Sr.
Volunteer Senior Planned Giving Officer

After serving Southern Adventist University as Director for Development for over 8 years, Ken decided to join the ranks of the retired community in 2004. Like many retirees, Ken and his wife Sherry made plans to enjoy their golden years while continuing their ministry of serving others. Unexpectedly, Sherry developed an illness which created the need to relocate to Florida so they could be near their son and family. One and a half years later, she lost her battle with cancer.

Ken decided to move back to Collegedale with his son and family when Ken Jr., was asked to serve as Associate Pastor at the Collegedale Church, and Julie as Director of Student Missions at Southern Adventist University. Wanting to keep busy, Ken accepted an invitation from Carolyn Liers, Director of Planned Giving, as a Volunteer Senior Planned Giving Officer, on January 2012. "Visiting Southern Alumni and Friends is what I enjoyed most during my years in Development so I knew this would be an opportunity that would be a perfect fit for me," said Ken.

Soon after his move back to Collegedale, a mutual friend introduced Ken to a lovely lady who had also lost her spouse to cancer. They became fast friends and were married on March 11, 2012. Ken and Bonnie both share an interest in volunteering and together they continue their ministry of serving others.