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Keith Brant.

Keith Brant, who has 23 years of experience in higher education specializing in fundraising, donor stewardship and alumni relations, is SMC's new vice president for development.

Brother President Ronald Gallagher praised Brant, saying “I am confident that Keith's leadership will enable us to meet our fundraising objectives.”

Brant most recently was vice chancellor for external
relations at UC San Diego and president of its foundation. During his time there, Brant ensured the successful completion of a $1 billion capital campaign.

From 1995 to 2006, Brant was UCLA's assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations and executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association. He played a key role in UCLA's 10-year, $3.1 billion campaign. In addition, he tripled the alumni association's assets over 10 years.

From 1984 to 1995, Brant worked for the UCLA Alumni Association as director of alumni and student programs.
Over the last decade, Brant has been a consultant to various higher education institutions, including the University of Auckland (New Zealand), Queensland University of Technology in Australia, Stony Brook University (SUNY), the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Georgia.

Brant has doctoral and master's degrees in higher education as well as a bachelor's degree in film and television from UCLA.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Saint Mary's family and the greater Moraga community,” Brant says. “I look forward to working with Brother Ronald, colleagues across campus and alumni and friends in expanding support for the College.”

He replaces Brother Stanislaus Sobczyk, who will become president of the Graduate Theological Union's School of Applied Theology in Oakland in January 2009.

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