Office of Advancement Staff

Cindy Benson
Tonya Judge 
Jo Ellen Newsome '93, '13

Cindy Benson, Director of Advancement Services
(704) 463-3074

Cindy Benson Cindy has been a part of Pfeiffer’s Advancement Team since 1992 and currently manages the alumni/donor database, providing research, analysis and reporting for Pfeiffer’s fundraising and engagement efforts. She has also served the University as a campaign coordinator, grant writer, and development director.

Before joining the Pfeiffer family, Cindy worked as director of communication for two other United Methodist related schools – Lambuth University, in Jackson, TN, and Baker University, in Baldwin City, KS. She is a journalism school graduate of the University of Kansas.

Cindy and her husband, Ron, live in Davidson, N.C. Two of their three children, Dr. Cathy Benson Laws ’02 and Michael Benson ’12, and a daughter-in-law, Audrey Remkus Benson ’12, are Pfeiffer graduates.

Tonya JudgeSociety and Sponsorship Director
(704) 463-3038

Tonya Judge Tonya has been with Pfeiffer University, since 2014. She began her tenor as Student Development Operations Manager and then joined the advancement office in 2016. She works in donor relations where she manages stewardship activities, society gifts, and community sponsorships. She represents Pfeiffer as an Ambassador for the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Albemarle Rotary.

Tonya brings with her over 13 years’ experience in non-profit marketing, fundraising, event planning and volunteer management.


Jo Ellen Newsome '93, '13, Executive Director of Advancement
(704) 463-3222

Jo Ellen began her Pfeiffer career as a work-study student in the Advancement Office, and went on to join the staff as a professional in 1996. Since that time, she has served Pfeiffer in numerous roles including development officer, grant writer, and associate vice president for advancement. Jo Ellen draws on this varied experience in her current role of executive director of advancement. She holds two Pfeiffer degrees and is married to Britt Newsome ’99.  Britt and Jo Ellen reside in New London with their two children, Jonathan and Catherine.