Announcements and Updates

Jan. 18, 2019: Campus Update - University Advancement

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share recent updates from our University Advancement Division. After serving for two years as the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Carla Willis departed the university on January 15.  We appreciate the many ways that Carla strengthened the advancement team and its work.

We are preparing to launch a national search for a Vice Chancellor who will bring professional experience to lead the university into its next decade through a comprehensive fundraising initiative. The search process will involve an opportunity for many faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members to offer input on the candidates.

During this period of transition, Laura Herndon will serve as Interim Chief Advancement Officer. Laura has been with the university for eight years serving as Director of Annual Giving, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, and, most recently, as Associate Vice Chancellor for External & University Relations. Laura practiced law in Atlanta, GA prior to joining the university. She has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. As graduate of Leadership Asheville Class 33, and past president of the Junior League of Asheville, Laura is an actively engaged community volunteer, currently serving on the Chamber of Commerce’s WomanUp and Advocacy & Policy Committees. Laura will continue to work with the advancement staff, who are already making significant progress during this time of transition.

I am proud to share some of the recent accomplishments of the Advancement staff. The team has made substantial progress towards its fundraising goal, securing nearly four million dollars since July, and adding $400,000 to that in just the last few weeks. There is a clear path toward realizing our six million dollar goal as we enter the last half of the fiscal year. Earlier this month, CASE District III recognized the alumni engagement team’s 90 Years, 90 Careers project with a special merit award. Just this past week a donor completed a $100,000 pledge for our AVID program. Next week the team will launch Raiser’s Edge, the gold standard relationship management software, which will transform the way advancement does business.

I know this team will carry on with the energy and dedication necessary to do the important work of encouraging investment in programs, scholarships, departments and other priorities as we search for the university’s next advancement leader.

Please feel free to reach out to Laura Herndon or me if you have any questions.

Chancellor Cable