Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced Scott Wade, Executive Director of University Advancement, will become Vice President of University Advancement, effective July 1.
The change comes prior to an upcoming capital campaign, and Gaudino said the title is similar to comparable positions at sister institutions. Moreover, Gaudino said Wade's new title signifies the overall importance of donor and alumni relations to the future of the university.
"As we confront the financial challenges of the next few years, the stability and robustness of the CWU Foundation and our alumni relations program will be of utmost importance," Gaudino said, adding that CWU faces a budget deficit of $6.5 million because of lack of state financial and policy support. "Due to the diligence of our Advancement staff, we’re already ahead over $700,000 and 600 alumni donors over this same time last year. We're on our way for another remarkable year."
Wade, who joined CWU in 2012, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from George Fox University in 1997 and a master’s degree in education from Alfred University in 1999. He came to CWU from Houghton College where he was the Executive Director of Development for three and a half years. Before that, he was the Director of Student Activities at Baylor University and the Associate Dean of Student Leadership at George Fox University.
Wade directs the staff and functional areas of development, alumni relations and events, and the CWU Foundation. These three areas form University Advancement, which exists to develop and cultivate relationships with alumni and friends of the university toward greater engagement and financial investment in the mission of CWU.
Gaudino also reaffirmed a previous announcement that Steve DeSoer will serve for two years as Vice President for Operations, from July 1 through June 30, 2016. Sherer Holter, who now holds that position, will retire on June 30.
"Steve brings a breadth of experience, local history, and common sense to this position," said Gaudino, noting that Desoer is an Ellensburg native. "He’s a respected leader and brings a fresh perspective to everything from information technology to human resources."
DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master's degree in education from Boston University.
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