“Marlene is an alumna of Tabor College who knows the Tabor constituency,” said Jim Elliott, vice president of advancement.
“The director of development is the primary fundraising officer at the college, and Marlene’s background in sales is ideal for her new role.”
Prior to her appointment at Tabor, Fast owned and managed Fast Realty in Hillsboro, a company she founded in 2002.
She said returning to Tabor as director of development is an opportunity for her to use her God-given talents and abilities.
“Tabor is making progress in so many areas,” she said. “We saw the need for new townhouses and now they are a reality; and now we’re planning a football stadium renovation. There also are many exciting, new educational initiatives on campus.
“It’s fascinating to see how God is working in so many different areas at Tabor.”
As a private liberal arts college, Tabor relies on the support of its constituency. This past year, more than $3.5 million was contributed to the Tabor Fund, the new townhouses, and other campus projects.
“The Tabor Society provides for the day-to-day ministry needs of the college, and helps keep a Tabor education affordable for students,” Fast said.
“Without the help of our alumni, those costs would skyrocket. So our donors are a vital part of our ministry.”
Marlene (Penner) Fast received her bachelor of arts degree in contemporary Christian ministries from Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University in 1979, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in music education in 1980.
Her four brothers and her sister also attended Tabor. Brothers Ken, Bob and Dennis Penner farm together in western Kansas.
Dennis is a member of the college’s board of directors.
Fast is the mother of three children.
Daughter Katie is a senior biochemistry major at Tabor; son Peter is a sophomore aerospace engineering major at Wichita State University; and, daughter Courtney is a senior at Hillsboro High School.
In her new role as director of development, Fast said she is eager to share what’s new at Tabor College with everyone she meets.
“There are so many positive things to talk about,” she said. “I loved the Tabor College I attended, but the college has continued to move forward in so many areas, and has a vision to do even more.
“I feel blessed to be able to share this vision with others.”