Apr 122004
Authors: Christiana Nelson

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

private support.”

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



University Advancement at Colorado State includes the following

Advancement Units

* Alumni Relations

* Advancement Services

* Development

* CSU Foundation

* Communications

* Publications & Printing

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