Jan. 18, 2019: Campus Update - University Advancement
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.
Feb. 18, 2019: Campus Update - Vice Chancellor for Advancement Search
Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
After consultation with Faculty Senate Executive Committee, senior staff, student leaders and various staff and trustee colleagues, I write to present the membership of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement Search Committee.
Mr. Kimani Anderson, SGA VP, Class of 2020
Ms. Leslie Casse, Foundation Board, Community Leader
Ms. Janet Cone, Director of Athletics & University Enterprises
Mr. Johnny Davis, Community Leader
Dr. Catherine Frank, Director of OLLI
Dr. Marcus Harvey, Faculty, Religious Studies
Mr. Rick Lutovsky, Board of Trustees, ex-officio
Dr. Susan Clark Muntean, Faculty, Management & Accountancy
Mr. Mike Roach, Chair, National Alumni Board
Ms. Susan Shanor, Community Leader
Mr. Brent Skidmore, Faculty, Art & Art History
Ms. Pat Smith, Former Chair of UNC Asheville BOT, Community Leader
Dr. Sally Wasileski, Faculty, Chemistry
Dr. Darin Waters, Exec Director of Community Engagement, Faculty, History
Dr. Nancy J. Cable
The Vice Chancellor for Advancement Search Committee will have the final accountability to recommend the top 1, 2, or 3 ranked or unranked candidates to the Chancellor who will consult with the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees for the final choice. This search committee is configured to allow for four faculty, three staff, one student, four community leaders, one alumnus, one trustee (ex officio) and the Chancellor to be highly engaged in the search process for this vitally important leadership position.
Over the weekend, we confirmed that AGB Search consultants Dr. Rod McDavis, Kimberly Templeton, and Jim Lanier will assist in our search efforts. We are very fortunate to have these highly skilled and knowledgeable consultants to work with the search committee to secure high level advancement leadership for this important role.
The AGB search consultants will be on campus February 27, and there will be many opportunities for all campus constituencies to provide opinions about required and desired qualifications for the Vice Chancellor for Advancement. The schedule for their visit will be crafted in the next several days. We are striving to have a final Vice Chancellor for Advancement leadership position profile and position posting ready for national posting by the first week in March.
Please let Interim Chief Advancement Officer Laura Herndon or me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Thank you to the search committee for their willingness to serve.