To the Saint Mary's College Community,
I am pleased to announce a strategic realignment of responsibilities within the Advancement Office designed to increase our effectiveness at reaching and involving alumni and donors in the College. The shifts are intended to improve strategy development and efficiency with events, marketing, mass solicitation, online communications and establish a more seamless advancement program while still recognizing the uniquenesses of the alumni relations and development functions.
As a result of the changes, several staff members will be moving to different office locations. Staff formerly housed in the Alumni Office in Brother Jerome West Hall will move to the Rheem campus as part of a newly formed unit called Alumni and Volunteer Engagement. Headed by Chris Carter, the new unit will have responsibility for all advancement events as well as involving alumni and donors in campus boards and committees, including the Board of Regents and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. We believe that bringing the alumni and development staff closer together both physically and functionally will improve internal communication and output.
The Grants Office staff, directed by Elizabeth Gallagher, will occupy the space in 137 Brother Jerome West Hall. Ms. Gallagher and Grants Officer Natalie Williams spend a considerable amount of time on the main campus interacting with faculty while working on grant proposals. This move is intended to better serve faculty in the pursuit of extramural funding.
In other changes, Michele Prisk, who joined the College in July 2009 to improve donor stewardship as part of the comprehensive campaign initiative, will take on added responsibilities for marketing events, direct-response solicitations, telemarketing and e-marketing to support giving and social networking among alumni. We need to develop new and more successful ways of reaching and engaging alumni. The shift of responsibilities also enables other development staff to spend more time on the road meeting with donors individually.
The physical moves are expected to be complete by week's end, with the full reorganization implemented in March. For a complete view of the advancement organization, see the chart on my web page.
Keith E. Brant
Vice President for Development