University Advancement

Welcome to University Advancement!


Our team represents several different offices. If you are looking for information on Alumni Services, the Office of Development, the Howard Performing Arts Center, or Planned Giving & Trust Services, please click on the appropriate link here or below. Or, Give Online Now >>


Contact Us
4150 Administration Drive, AD Rm. 313
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0650
(269) 471-3122

Our Staff



Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
CFRE International
Bachelor of Arts, Religion
Oakwood College (1979)
Master of Divinity
Andrews University (1990)
Master of Science in Administration
Andrews University (1991)
Juris Doctorate
University of Notre Dame (1995)
Certified Specialist in Planned Giving
California State University (2003)



Born and raised in Southern California, Bedney has served as an elementary and secondary school teacher, a pastor, a Stewardship, Trust Services & Religious Liberty director, a local conference executive secretary and director of human resources, Senior Development Officer, and most recently, as Director of Development at Andrews University.

Bedney brings a wealth of experience to this role by providing strategic leadership and oversight in all areas of philanthropy. In addition to being an alumnus of Andrews University, Donald has a law degree from the University of Notre Dame and holds the Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) professional designation.

Donald’s wife, Elynda Bedney, serves as the assistant vice president for Student Financial Services at Andrews. The Bedneys are blessed with two sons, Donald III and Daniel, two lovely daughters-in-law, Taidine and Lauren, and three grandchildren, Sofia, Aidan and Liam.



Associates in Business
Andrews University

Bachelor of Technology (Graphic Arts Imaging)
Andrews University


Heidi began her role as executive assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement in December 2022. Heidi provides administrative support to the Vice President and is responsible for managing executive requests, scheduling meetings, taking calls, project management and many other varied office duties.

Heidi brings a wealth of experience to this role with her organizational skills and multi-faceted skillset. Heidi has worked as a graphic designer, webmaster, project and event manager, and social media manager. She has worked for a local non-profit missions organization, owned and operated her own business, and most recently worked for the Center for Adventist Research at Andrews University.

Heidi is a native of Michigan and has a broad range of hobbies and interests. Her current passions involve reading, crafting, and creating and enjoying art in several different forms. She has recently added pointed pen calligraphy to her repertoire and is also an avid puzzler.

The Office of Development builds partnerships with friends of the University who are committed to helping students directly and indirectly.

The Howard Performing Arts Center, completed in the autumn of 2003, sits at the end of J.N. Andrews Boulevard, the main entrance to the Andrews University campus.

Planned Giving & Trust Services

The staff at the Office of Planned Giving & Trust Services has the pleasure of helping friends of Andrews University explore the many planned giving options available for supporting the mission of Adventist education.

Enter the campus of Andrews University through J.N. Andrews Boulevard. Take the traffic circle to the right and exit on E Campus Circle Drive. Stop at the three-way stop. Turn left and continue on E Campus Circle Drive. Make another left onto Administration Drive. If you wish to park in the lot next to the Administration Building, a parking permit is required. Please request one before your visit by contacting us.