Foundation announces retirement of Deal Tompkins as president, executive director
The Virginia United Methodist Foundation has announced the retirement of E. Deal Tompkins, president and executive director, effective April 30, 2012. The retirement comes as sudden news. Tompkins encountered health issues that he felt made it necessary to retire to be able to focus on his long-term health needs, said Lori Roberts, chairperson of the Foundation Board of Directors.
"The Foundation appreciates the leadership Deal has provided as he facilitated implementation of several improvements to allow the Foundation to better serve the Virginia Conference going forward, including launching a new website http://vaumfgifts.org which includes a treasure-trove of useful information related to planned giving and estate planning," Roberts said. "He reorganized back-office operations so depositors are receiving new and enhanced statements, and he had been working with several Virginia Conference affiliated organizations to provide planned giving support.
"Deal was very passionate about planned giving and the need for churches and organizations to incorporate large gifts into their financial plans," Roberts added. "He also began implementing capital campaign support to local churches and had plans to develop more service support in the area of general stewardship."
Tompkins was named Foundation president June 2011 upon the retirement of Jim Bergdoll who served the Foundation for 12 years.
The Foundation Board of Directors is developing a search process to name a new president and executive director. In the meantime, David L. Thompson will be interim president and executive director. Thompson, who joined the Foundation staff on March 1 as Planned Giving and Investment officer, retired from a 45-year banking career focused on investments, institutional funds and endowments and had served on planned giving committees for several non-profit organizations in the Richmond area. Thompson is a member of Brandermill UMC and is in the certification process to become a licensed lay speaker in the Virginia Conference. Thompson will be available in the Foundation office at the Conference Center when not out on appointments.