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Advancement Chief Proposed

UC Riverside Proposes Susan Harlow be Named Acting Vice Chancellor for Advancement

She would take on the duties of William Boldt, who is leaving in August to take a post at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(July 12, 2007)

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Susan Harlow

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UCR’s Acting Chancellor Robert Grey has asked Susan A. Harlow, associate vice chancellor for development, to accept the job as acting vice chancellor for advancement, replacing William Boldt.

The appointment requires a vote of the UC Board of Regents, and that vote is expected in September. If approved, the appointment will be effective Sept. 10. She would oversee the development, alumni and constituent relations, event management and protocol, government and community relations, and strategic communications units.

Before coming to UC Riverside in May, 2005 to lead the fund-raising office, Harlow was the associate vice president at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she was part of a leadership team that designed and successfully completed a $500 million capital campaign; managed a portfolio of 125 major gift donors and prospects; and boosted special events programming from a $200,000 annual income department to a $3 million annual income program.

“Susan’s work has to a great extent kept UC Riverside on an upward trend in fund-raising,” Grey said. “The campus is fortunate that she is willing to step up to take on the leadership of the advancement team during this critical time in UCR’s history.”

During the past three years UCR’s private fundraising has increased from $11.6 million in 2003-04 to $40.1 million in 2005-06. Additionally, 15 new endowed professorships were created, more than doubling the number of endowed chairs on the campus.

The Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE) recently recognized UC Riverside with a national award for fund-raising efforts, the 2007 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising: Overall Improvement, which recognizes UCR’s exceptional fund-raising improvement over the past three years.

“I look forward to working with Acting Chancellor Grey in this capacity,” Harlow said. “It's an exciting time at UCR and I'm honored to be a part of such a strong and dynamic advancement team."

Harlow has more than 19 years of experience in organizational development, marketing, capital campaigns, major gift fundraising, endowment fundraising, donor cultivation, annual giving, sub-branding, corporate relations, cause marketing, e-philanthropy, special events, prospect research, alumni relations and other development operations.

She has previously worked for the ProMedica Health Care System of Ohio as executive director of the Toledo Hospital foundation, the Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation and Flower Hospital Foundation. She has also worked as senior development officer at the Christian Theological Seminary, and before that, served as director of development for the American Diabetes Association’s Indiana Affiliate. She earned her master’s degree in journalism in 1986 from Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.

The new post comes with an annual salary of $222,000.



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