Following a nationwide search, a key leadership position at CSU
has been filled.
President Larry Penley announced Monday that Donald Fry was
selected as CSU’s vice president for Development and
Penley, who was out of the office on Monday, said in a press
release that Fry is the best person for the position, which focuses
on building community awareness, partnerships and contributions to
strengthen programs at CSU. The position was formerly called the
vice president for Advancement, but the title was changed when the
former vice president for Advancement, Stan Schmid, retired in
“In Don Fry we have a leader with not only a proven history of
success, but a professional with a clear understanding of how to
build and manage a successful team,” Penley said.
Fry’s position was originally advertised as vice president for
Development and University Relations but was recently changed to
include the advancement aspect.
“The new title reflects the importance of fundraising, i.e.
development, but also the communications, alumni relations and
other activities that are part of the unit,” said Tom Milligan,
assistant vice president for University Relations.
As a retired Army officer, Fry said his military background has
made team building a very important aspect of his life.
“After being in the Army for 20 years you rely on the people
beside you to make sure things get done and it’s true in the
business world,” Fry said. “It’s important to have the right people
grouped together and driven by the goals and objectives of the
Fry is currently the director of advancement for the College of
Engineering at Purdue University and has been a leader in
fundraising for more than 10 years. He has worked at Purdue since
1988, and prior to his vocation in fundraising, he worked in the
admissions office and as an associate professor of military
Penley said that the initiation of the Development and
Advancement organization will provide critical benefits to the
“Fundraising and alumni relations must match the successes
achieved in research and teaching at Colorado State,” Penley said.
“This position is critically important for Colorado State as we
look to build closer ties with our key constituents and to increase
Fry agreed, saying he enjoys fundraising and is looking forward
to the opportunity to build an organization at CSU.
“You have to be able to match individual and corporate interests
to your university,” Fry said. “You have to get excited. That
allows potential donors to feel excited about it.”
Fry has been responsible for more than $600 million in
fundraising at Purdue and plans to continue his efforts when he
begins his position at CSU in May.
The money that CSU raises under Fry’s leadership will be used
for student scholarships, endowment for faculty chairs and
necessary facilities, Milligan said.
“Private fundraising is critical in all parts of the university
to meet our goals,” Milligan said.
When Fry arrives at CSU in early May, Milligan said the work
will begin immediately.
“There’s plenty to do and I’m sure there will be some time for
him to get adjusted, but we have big goals and a big vision, so
he’ll probably hit the ground running,” Milligan said.
Despite the workload, Fry responded tenaciously.
“That’s why I took the job,” he said. “I’m really excited about
getting out there. My wife will join me after a short time and
we’re excited about getting involved in the Fort Collins community,
to see what the students are excited about and to be a part of
Rams’ athletics. I’m very proud to have been selected to be out
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