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Skidmore College

Advancement VP appointed

September 1, 2017

Skidmore has appointed Sean Campbell as its new Collyer Vice President for Advancement, overseeing fundraising and alumni engagement. President Philip Glotzbach says, "I believe Sean is uniquely qualified to energetically and effectively lead our efforts as we enter the public phase of the Creating Our Future campaign."

Sean Campbell
Sean Campbell

Campbell brings 18 years of experience in higher education development. As the managing director of individual giving at University of Chicago Medicine, since 2012 he led a group responsible for raising millions of dollars for the university's research and clinical programs, Pritzker School of Medicine, Kovler Diabetes Center and community health programs. Earlier he was responsible for the Chicago Society leadership annual-giving program, major gifts, and alumni events and programs across the Midwest and South.

Laila Rashid, University of Chicago Medicine vice president for development, says, "In addition to his fundraising acumen, Sean's ability to bring together faculty, senior administrators, donors and volunteer leaders to advance the university's mission was a hallmark of his success here. This-and his ability to attract and develop talented staff-will serve Skidmore well."

Before his time at Chicago, Campbell was at Bates College in Maine for 10 years, serving as director of the parents and family association, leadership giving officer, and director of leadership giving and donor programs. He holds a BA in journalism and communications from the University of Maine.

At Skidmore he will lead 55 employees in development, alumni relations and college events, and advancement services. Looking forward to assuming his position on October 16, as Skidmore gears up for the public launch of the $200 million Creating Our Future campaign in mid-November, he remarks, "The learning and growth that students experience at an academically rigorous liberal arts college is more essential now than ever. I'm excited to join the advancement team and work with President Glotzbach and the Skidmore community to increase vital support for the people and programs that are at the heart of the college's mission."

Campbell replaces Kim Verstandig, who returns to her campaign directorship and associate VP role after serving as interim VP since March, when Michael Casey moved to Trinity College. "We thank Kim for her excellent service and leadership during this critical campaign phase," Glotzbach says, "and we welcome our new colleague Sean to Skidmore."

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