UNCG Campus Weekly

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Transitions at University Advancement

Dr. Patricia W. Stewart, vice chancellor for university advancement, will be leaving the university on June 30, 2012.

In a message to staff members in University Advancement, the chancellor spoke of Stewart’s many accomplishments during her 13-year tenure in leading UNCG’s Advancement division and in serving as UNCG’s chief fund-raiser.

“Patti’s leadership of the Students First Campaign was remarkable,” the chancellor noted. “The campaign raised $115 million in five years – $35 million more than the original goal. The campaign’s success was recognized with two prestigious WealthEngine Awards for Fundraising Excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.”

She spoke of Stewart’s work with volunteers to develop a strong base of support that continues to serve our university well; her leading a campus-wide effort to establish UNCG’s first integrated marketing plan; her supporting the movement of the men’s basketball program to the coliseum; and her championing the university’s involvement in the community.

During Stewart’s tenure, UNCG created the Lloyd International Honors College, the UNCG Guarantee Scholarship Program, hundreds of endowed scholarships, program funds and professorships and faculty development and/or research funds.

“Her fund-raising efforts enabled UNCG to enhance a number of capital and renovation projects, including the Alumni House, Aycock Auditorium, and the Patricia A. Sullivan Science Building,” she said. “The more than 75 percent increase in the university’s endowment during this period has enabled UNCG to navigate the very difficult economic environment we have experienced since 2008.”

The chancellor continued, “In order to ensure a smooth transition, effective March 1, 2012, Judy Piper will assume the role of senior associate vice chancellor of university advancement, with overall operational responsibility for development, annual giving, capital campaign, stewardship, alumni relations and advancement services. Currently senior development director for the College of Arts and Sciences, Judy’s experience leading development efforts on behalf of UNCG’s largest academic unit makes her an ideal leader for University Advancement during this transition. Judy will serve in this role until the appointment of a permanent vice chancellor. A national search will be launched this spring.”

During this transition period, Associate Vice Chancellor Lynn Bresko will assume the role of principal gift officer. Bresko will work closely with Chancellor Brady on identifying and cultivating donors with capacity to donate a principal gift, in addition to defining the role of a principal gift officer for UNCG. This position was identified in the recent Campaign Feasibility Study as a critical component for the next capital campaign.

Due to Bresko’s focus on principal gifts and the development of this position, Jane Lawrence will be the interim associate vice chancellor for Central Development Programs. Currently, Lawrence is a major gifts officer for the School of Health & Human Sciences. Lawrence will assume the responsibilities for the daily operations of the Central Development office.

Chancellor Brady also announced the following organizational change: University Relations—UNCG’s communication arm—will become a direct report to the chancellor, effective March 1, 2012.

Brady said, “This move will raise the visibility of University Relations on the campus and position the unit to support the entire range of university activity, including fund-raising, alumni relations, enrollment management, integrated marketing and strategic communication. Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations Helen Hebert will join the Chancellor’s Executive Staff as a result of this administrative restructuring.”