6/6/2013: I’m all in favor of spending big bucks on fundraising. All the studies I’ve seen show it can pay off. But at UO most of the donations go to the jocks. I’m still waiting to see the Robin Jaqua gift letter, which may explain just how Duck athletic director Rob Mullens was able to roll Mike Andreasen and UO’s academic side for $5M. Meanwhile, this sort of thing does not build a lot of confidence in our team. Thanks to Anonymous for forwarding the email:
“I believe as an industry we are on the cusp of important new strides in building long-term sustainable international partnerships …”
Sent on behalf of Mike Andreasen
I want to take this opportunity to share some of the early organizational changes that I have decided to make as we continue the transition to an Advancement model. I look forward to sharing more details with you at one of our upcoming all staff meetings. As we return to this model, we stand by our guiding principles: a value of, and appreciation for, the many distinct programmatic responsibilities and expertise across the portfolios of University Relations and Development; a commitment to increasing our efficiencies and effectiveness as a unified unit; and our enthusiasm to take the very best of our previously Advancement structure and build upon it.
To that end I want to share with you some initial restructuring and a few personnel updates.
I am pleased to announce that Tim has agreed to take on a new role in our Advancement organization as the Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management. In taking on the new role, Tim will lead, oversee and coordinate the university’s communications and branding efforts. He will work to consolidate and coordinate staff efforts across the Advancement team, and more comprehensively across campus. Tim brings years of private sector experience in these fields and will lead our teams in this broad portfolio. Additionally, while at the university he has developed an effective strategic and branding plan for the UOAA and as a member of the senior management team, he will continue to advance these important efforts.
Carole has informed me of her decision to retire from the university in June 2014. Carole has served the university with distinction and personal dedication and we look forward to properly celebrating and thanking her for her contributions to the UO. In light of her decision, I am announcing the creation of a new senior leadership position that will combine components of Carole’s current role with the role of Executive Director of the UOAA. As such, this new senior leader will be the AVP Annual & Regional Advancement and the Executive Director of the UOAA. Tim and Carole will continue to serve in their current managerial roles until this position has been filled.
For the remainder of fiscal ’14, Carole will work directly with me and Vice President Thompson on developing a strategic fundraising plan for scholarships including a portfolio of leadership gifts in this area as part of the campaign.
AVP Annual & Regional Advancement/Executive Director of the UOAA
This new position will lead us through a very innovative and entrepreneurial approach to serve our donors and alumni. This position will coordinate our approach to annual giving, alumni memberships, regional engagement including gifts, alumni chapters and will oversee a new alumni membership services model for the UOAA. This model will provide a strategic opportunity to approach our prospect, donor, and alumni base with a more comprehensive overview of methods to engage with the university. I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts and expectations of this new collaboration between the Development and UOAA teams, and to working with our colleagues in both areas as we further develop our strategies for this new exciting area.
After years of service in our central Development office and most recently as our AVP for Principal Gifts, I am very pleased to share with you that John has agreed to lead a very important new initiative for us. In his new role of AVP for International Advancement, John will bring his in-depth knowledge of the campus; his years of successful fundraising, domestically and abroad; his commitment to our alumni and donors; and his positive energetic approach to one our most promising new efforts. I believe as an industry we are on the cusp of important new strides in building long-term sustainable international partnerships with our alumni, parents, corporate partners, and sovereign nations. While philanthropy and financial investment are often our most tangible measure of success, I am convinced that the broader Advancement effort is a more accurate view of our international opportunities and I couldn’t be more encouraged by John’s willingness to take on this challenge. Working closely with the Vice Provost for International Affairs, John will work across campus and around the world to foster these new relationships and partnerships.
As part of our restructuring efforts and in response to several of the changes above, I have asked Paul to expand his management and oversight portfolio. Paul will be elevated to Associate Vice President and the fundraising areas in the Museum for Natural & Cultural History, the Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Bach Festival, and the Office of Gift Planning will be added to his portfolio. I want to acknowledge Paul for the leadership he has provided over the past three years and thank him for his willingness to take on this expanded role. In addition, Paul will work with colleagues across University Development to continue to improve the coordination of all major gift activity.
Vice President, Advancement
University of Oregon