CSU named three candidates for the position of vice president
for Development and University Relations, which promises to play an
important role in the university’s budget struggles.
The candidates are Mary Anna Dunn, Daniel Peterson and Daniel
The vice president position will handle fundraising and
communications for the university. The position – formerly known as
vice president for University Advancement – was held by Stan
Schmid, who retired in October.
“This position is vital because we have entered an entirely new
era with new leadership across the board. We have identified this
as one of our greatest strategic needs,” said Jesse Lauchner,
Associated Students of CSU president and a member of the vice
presidential search committee.
The candidates will meet the university community at a series of
open forums in the ASCSU Senate Chambers in the Lory Student
Center. The forums will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Dunn’s
session was Tuesday. Peterson’s will be today. Hendricks session
will be held Dec. 11.
“As you look to the future of CSU, the ability to continue to
become a great university relies on our ability to raise funds.
This position is going to be integral in that process,” said Tom
Milligan, CSU spokesperson and member of the vice presidential
The new vice president will be charged with aggressively seeking
out private donations, such as last year’s $20.1 million Bohemian
Foundation Grant to make up for the cuts in state funding to
The vice president will play a critical role in finding new
sources of funding for CSU. The university recently weathered a $34
million cut in state funding, and state budget analysts have warned
of more cuts in the near future.
Lauchner said the new vice president would look for money that
promotes “program excellence” across the university. However, these
kinds of private donations are not the kind of funds that “keep the
lights on,” Lauchner said.
The new vice president will also manage Marketing, Publications
and Printing, and Advancement Services. The vice president will be
a member of CSU President Larry Penley’s cabinet and of the
Executive Budget Committee.
Dunn was senior vice president for development from 1992-2002
for the University of Colorado Foundation. She is now the executive
vice president of the same foundation. She has bachelor’s degree in
English teaching from Northwestern University, and a master’s in
English literature from CU.
Peterson is senior vice president at the Washington State
University Foundation. He got his bachelor’s degree in history at
Washington State University and a juris doctorate from the Seattle
University College of Law.
Hendricks is vice president and chief development officer for
the Louisiana State University Foundation. Hendricks received a
bachelor’s degree from Depauw University and a master’s and
doctorate from Duke.