Rumpf Named Executive Director of Horizons Program

Jeffrey Rumpf

News Story: February 18, 2014

Jeffrey N. Rumpf recently joined Sacred Heart University as executive director of the Horizons Enrichment Program. Horizons is an educational outreach organization working with kindergarten to grade 12 students from low-income families. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing all Horizons activities and operations, including hiring and training program staff, developing and implementing fundraising goals, overseeing academic programming for both Saturday and summer programs and broadening the organization’s base of support. Most importantly, he will develop and enhance relationships between Sacred Heart and the students and their families who take part in the Horizons program. He will also develop relationships with Bridgeport public and parochial schools and other community organizations.

“I’m most looking forward to working with the kids,” said Rumpf. “It’s all about providing them with opportunities so that they can have the ‘American Dream’ just like the rest of us. Sacred Heart is the perfect place to cultivate such a leading-edge program because of its emphasis on social justice.”

Rumpf has extensive experience working in the nonprofit world, primarily in the areas of fundraising, program planning and advocacy. He has worked as an executive director for Clearwater, an organization dedicated to environmental education located in Beacon, N.Y., for almost six years, increasing their annual revenue by 100 percent and raising $4,000,000 in capital. He has also worked with Crossroads for Kids Camps in Duxbury, Mass.; CYO Camp Mara/Blair Lodge in the New York metro area and the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester in New York.

Rumpf earned a master’s degree in outdoor teacher education/adventure-based counseling from the University of Northern Illinois-DeKalb and holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental education/anthropology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase. He holds various certifications, such as YMCA Executive Leadership certifications and American Red Cross First Aid Wilderness, First Responder and Lifeguard certifications.

Through his work with Catholic charities, Rumpf knew that the Horizons program had a great reputation. His mentor, Pete Seeger, was the one the one who encouraged him to join the growing Horizons program at SHU. Rumpf is excited to have the opportunity to not only continue to build the program at SHU, but also to have the support of a community dedicated to the promotion and education of social justice.

“The Sacred Heart community has been wonderfully welcoming. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to strategically plan and build a program for kindergarten through grade 12 students that will eventually get them into great universities such as Sacred Heart,” said Rumpf. “My philosophy is ‘think globally, act locally,’ and SHU is the perfect community to help support this philosophy.”