Chris Schill ’97, CFRE

Chris SchillChris Schill ’97, CFRE currently serves as a Senior Philanthropy Officer for most of the states that surround Kentucky. He was raised in the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia, and graduated from Berea College in 1997 with a B.A. in psychology. Chris was an athlete in both collegiate and intramural sports. His student labor positions included being a bellhop and server at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant, a woodcraftsman at Student Crafts, and a student orientation director in the Student Life Department.

Chris is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps; while serving, he completed his MBA at Boston University in 2001. He rejoined the Alumni and College Relations team at Berea College in 2017, and has more than 19 years of experience in health care and higher education philanthropy. He is a proud member of the Second Century Club, the Elizabeth Culbreth Society, and the Great Commitments Society.

Chris is married to another Berea College graduate, Heather McNew Schill ’99, and they have two children, Caroline and Jackson. Chris and Heather are very active in the community. Chris serves as an elder of a local church, and is a head coach for both youth baseball and basketball.


At Berea, we believe talented students should not miss out on a high-quality education just because they cannot afford rising tuition costs. No Berea student pays tuition. The Berea Fund touches the lives of every Berea College student in so many ways and enables the great mission of the College by completing the tuition scholarship every student receives.

An endowment gift demonstrates your enduring commitment to Berea College by providing lasting support for tuition scholarships, professorships, campus programming, and more. Contact us to learn how you can craft your philanthropic legacy with an endowment gift.

Guaranteed income for you. Guaranteed opportunities for our students.  Invest in a charitable gift annuity at Berea College and earn the return of a lifetime: fixed income for life and a legacy of providing a tuition-free college education to high-achieving students of limited means.

Intercollegiate and intramural athletics contribute to a healthy lifestyle and sense of belonging, camaraderie, and pride for all students. Institutional data show that participation in athletics improves student retention, and Berea athletes consistently earn a GPA of at least 3.0. For these reasons and more, Berea plans to build an indoor athletics practice facility for soccer, baseball, and softball. Your gift will help students succeed on the field and in the classroom. Contact us to learn more.

Contact Chris by calling 859-985-3014 or emailing