In the wake of the appointment of Jody S. Fournier to the position of provost and vice president of learning two weeks ago, President Beth Paul announced that Jennifer Patterson has been named vice president of advancement and chief development officer. She has served in interim since March of 2015.
“[Patterson] is a proven, dynamic leader who has an excellent track record in fundraising, engaging alumni, leading campaigns, and working with internal and external constituents to develop and promote university priorities,” President Paul said in the official announcement. “Spearheading $5 million of giving in support of naming opportunities and program funding for the Convergent Media Center, [Patterson] continues to demonstrate the skills and drive for capitalizing on the enormous fundraising potential of our university.”
Prior to coming to Capital, Patterson worked in a similar capacity at the University of Rochester, the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
The university is also close to concluding a nationwide search to fill the position of director of athletics that began in November of 2016 after Stephen Bruning announced he will leave the position.
The candidate pool was narrowed down from over 120 applicants to five, who were invited to visit campus this week. The final two presentations will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 11.
A final decision is expected to be made in the next couple of weeks.
Searches are also ongoing to fill the positions of vice president of marketing and communication, director of information technology, and dean of school of management.
Luke Anderson was Editor-in-Chief of the Chimes for the 2016-17 academic year. He is a political science major (class of 2017), and former staff reporter at the Chimes.