Goodbye, But Not Farewell!

November 8, 2017

Dear Chatfield Family,

I have many mixed feelings as I report to you that my wife Debbie has accepted an amazing job offer in Las Vegas where she will continue her career in deaf education, and therefore, I will be stepping down as the Director of Development at Chatfield College.  Debbie and I want you to know that we believe, more than ever, in the mission of Chatfield.  This was not an easy decision, but we are happy and excited to begin the next chapter in our lives with our three dogs in the Nevada desert!

During my 24 years as a development professional, I have raised money for many organizations, including the Boy Scouts, American Cancer Society, Mount Notre Dame High School and most recently, Chatfield College.  I have been blessed to work with some of the best volunteers in Greater Cincinnati.  Working for Chatfield has been most rewarding because education makes such a difference in the lives of our students. Every gift, no matter how large or small, goes a long way and can be life-changing for a Chatfield student.  Education or a skilled trade has time and again proven to be the best way to eliminate generation poverty. I know because I have seen it happen!

I will fondly remember my time at Chatfield.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Being a part of the renovation of two historic buildings: the new state-of-the-art OTR campus, and the expansion and remodeling of the Welcome Center in Brown County.
  • Helping increase the number of named endowed scholarships, to provide more opportunities for students.
  • Working with inspiring student-speakers for the scholarship luncheon each spring.
  • Sharing in the joy and success of our students at commencement each May.
  • Serving on a planning committee for special fundraising events, including the successful ChatField of Dreams auction each October.
  • Having the opportunity to work with the dedicated Board Advancement Committee to push forward Chatfield’s strategic plan.

I want to thank John Tafaro and the search committee that hired me for making me your Director of Development.  I have truly grown in my position and will be eternally grateful for the people I have met along the way.  I especially want thank all the investors at Chatfield College for your guidance and support during my four-year tenure at this great institution. In particular, I want to thank the trustees who serve on the Advancement committee with whom I have been privileged to work, including Paul Sittenfeld, Kip Heekin, Shannon Keesee, Anne Castleberry, Chris Benintendi, Brad East, Rosemary Schlachter and John Tafaro. I also want to thank the amazing staff at Chatfield for welcoming me with open arms and for your support throughout my tenure. More specifically, I thank Cheryl Kern for putting up with me on a daily basis!

We will miss you Chatfield, but you will always be in our thoughts and prayers, as well as our estate plan!  Thank you all for what you have done to invest in Chatfield College and what you will continue to do.

Goodbye, but not farewell,

Jim Ludwig


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