Donald Wilson Named Foundation President
By Mary Peterson, UNH Foundation
June 20, 2007
The UNH Foundation, Inc., and its Board of Directors have announced the appointment of Donald W. Wilson as president. Wilson is currently vice principal, university relations at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia and will join the UNH Foundation in August.
“Don brings an outstanding background of three decades in higher education fundraising
and university advancement work,” said Roger Thomas, chairman of the Board
of Directors for the UNH Foundation. “He has great strengths in strategic
leadership and integrated marketing, and we are delighted to welcome him as the
new leader of the UNH Foundation.”
"Successful fundraising from private donors is critical to the future growth
of this great university," said UNH President-elect Mark Huddleston. “We
are extremely fortunate to have such a seasoned executive leading the UNH Foundation,
and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve together."
"I am enthusiastically looking forward to joining the UNH Foundation,
working with UNH's new president and meeting the challenge to raise private
funds to enable the faculty’s and President Huddleston’s vision
and to underpin the university’s current achievements while taking this
already fine university to the next level of excellence," Wilson said.
As chief advancement officer for the University of Sydney, Australia's leading
university and one of the world's premier research universities, Wilson initiated
major and annual strategies and programs that saw private gifts and non-government
grants nearly double in three years, while significantly increasing the number
of donors to the university. He also helped negotiate the largest gift from
a living individual in the school's history, and its largest realized bequest.
Previously, Wilson was Vice President, Alumni, Development and College Relations—the
chief advancement officer—for Colorado College in Colorado Springs. In
this role he was architect of an $85 million capital campaign that exceeded
its goal ahead of schedule, raising more than $100 million.
He has also served as vice president for development at Harvey Mudd College,
as executive director for the U.S. Ski Education Foundation with the U.S. Ski
Team, and has held additional educational advancement experience at Scripps
College, the University of Denver, and Bryant University.
Wilson holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.
He replaces David Brownell, who has served for the past year as interim president
of the UNH Foundation.
The UNH Foundation, Inc. is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated
to increasing private support for the University of New Hampshire. Through
the thoughtful generosity of alumni and friends, the university has enhanced
learning opportunities for students, expanded its finest academic programs,
provided new resources for research, and strengthened the university's service
to the community, the region, and the world.