Melanie Norton is leaving DePauw University to establish an independent philanthropic consulting practice, Norton Philanthropic Counsel. She is the school's vice president for development and alumni engagement. Norton, who returned to DePauw four years ago after a previous stint, has served the university a total of eight years. DePauw is launching a search for an interim vice president.

Norton has an M.B.A. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in addition to her B.A. from Franklin College and also holds her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation from CFRE International. Before assuming the vice presidency, she was a consultant in the firm of Johnson Grossnickle and Associates and previously served DePauw for four years as the director of gift planning and major gift officer. Norton is the immediate past chairman of the board for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and led the organization through a hallmark rebranding and name change during the year of her chairmanship.