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New Vice Chancellor for Advancement Named at University of California, Riverside

New Vice Chancellor for Advancement Named at University of California, Riverside

(April 6, 1999)

Dr. Constance H. Kravas, vice president for University Advancement and president of the Foundation at Washington State University, has been selected vice chancellor of University Advancement at the University of California, Riverside.

Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach announced the appointment in a campus wide message Tuesday. Formal approval by the Regents of the University of California is pending. She will begin July 1.

Kravas, 52, succeeds Dr. James H. Erickson who held the advancement position for more than 13 years. Erickson in July announced his retirement effective June 30 from the UCR position. A national search was begun to find a successor.

At Washington State, Kravas' responsibilities parallel those of the UCR position and include a broad spectrum of development activities, alumni relations, university communications and community relations. She led a comprehensive development campaign that raised $275.4 million, exceeding the campaign goal of $200 million.

"We are delighted that Connie Kravas has joined us in Riverside. She will be a wonderful addition to the University and to our community. She is an enormously talented person who is nationally recognized for her work in higher education," said Chancellor Orbach.

"We all owe Jim Erickson a huge debt of gratitude for the extraordinary accomplishments made during his service here at UCR. Under his leadership, the University Advancement activities have grown into those befitting a major research university," Orbach said.

Dr. David H. Warren, executive vice chancellor, and Gordon Bourns, chairman of Bourns Inc. and president of the UCR Foundation, co-chaired the search committee of faculty, staff, alumni and community representatives.

"Dr. Kravas impressed everyone with the depth of her experience across all the elements of university advancement. She understands the special relationship between the faculty and those who provide support to research and scholarship," Warren said.

Washington State University is a comprehensive research university of 21,000 students with a residential campus in Pullman, and three branch campuses and learning centers throughout the state. The Cougars are an athletic powerhouse in the Pac-10 conference.

Kravas has been at WSU since 1972 and has worked in positions varying from graduate student assistant, to associate professor of education, to her current job as the chief advancement officer for the University. She began her career in advancement in 1978 as associate director of University Development and vice president of the University Foundation.

As she progressed in her career, she was also honored for her campus and community involvement. She was named WSU Woman of the Year in 1996, was cited by Multicultural Students Services for "commitment and contributions to increasing diversity" at WSU, and was named Outstanding Educator of the State of Washington by the WSU State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in 1982.

The new vice chancellor earned her Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision in 1974 at WSU, her Master of Science degree in Sociology at Indiana State University in 1969, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Pacific Lutheran University in 1967.

She is married to Konstantinos (Gus) Kravas, vice provost for Student Affairs at WSU, and has two children, Heather, 28, and Khristina, 26. The couple will be moving to Riverside.

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