Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Sean P. Campbell as Skidmore's new
Collyer Vice President for Advancement, effective October 16, 2017. Sean currently
serves as the managing director of individual giving at the University of Chicago
Sean brings 18 years of fundraising and alumni relations experience to Skidmore. Since
2012 he has led a team responsible for raising millions of dollars in philanthropic
resources for the University's Pritzker School of Medicine, research and clinical
programs, Kovler Diabetes Center, and community health programs. Employed by the University
of Chicago since 2007, he previously served for four years as senior director for
the Midwest/Southern Regional Office, responsible for the Chicago Society—a leadership
annual-giving program—major gifts, and alumni relations programs and events in greater
Chicago and 25 states in the Midwest and South.
Earlier in his career, Sean spent 10 years in the advancement office at Bates College
in Lewiston, Maine, as director of the parents and family association, leadership
giving officer, and director of leadership giving and donor programs during the college's
largest fundraising campaign. Click here to view Sean’s complete curriculum vitae.
At Skidmore, he will lead 55 employees within the Office of Advancement, as they prepare
for the public launch of the Creating Our Future campaign this November. The campaign is dedicated to the principles of creativity,
opportunity and independence, with a fundraising goal of $200 million.
Sean succeeds Kimberly M. Verstandig, who has served as interim vice president since
March, following the departure of Michael T. Casey, who stepped down to become vice
president for advancement at Trinity College after 17 years at Skidmore. Kim will
return to her previous role as Skidmore's campaign director and associate vice president
for advancement. I would like to thank Kim for her excellent service and leadership
during this critical campaign phase, while she also maintained her myriad duties as
campaign director and associate vice president for advancement.
Sean is excited to join the advancement team and work with the Skidmore community
to increase vital support for the people and programs that are at the heart of the
I would like to compliment our national search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates,
for identifying and presenting numerous well-qualified candidates, and I'd also like
to express my gratitude to our dedicated search committee, which included Beau Breslin,
Kelli Johnson, Maya Reyes '17, Jeff Seagrave (vice chair), Mike Sposili, and Kim Verstandig.
We look forward to welcoming our new colleague Sean to the Skidmore community in mid-October.