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Dartmouth Man to Head Alumni Association

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 14, 2009

Stephen Donovan, director of the UNH Alumni Association

The director of regional affairs in the Office of Alumni Relations at Dartmouth College has been chosen to succeed Gregg Sanborn as the director of the UNH Alumni Association.
Stephen Donovan will take over for Sanborn who has been at the post since 2004 and is retiring in November.

A seasoned professional with 21years of higher education experience in admissions, corporate recruiting, alumni relations, and major gift fundraising, Donovan previously was the associate director of regional affairs at Dartmouth.

“Steve Donovan brings a wealth of experience in alumni affairs with particular expertise in mobilizing and empowering volunteers and working with underserved groups of alumni.  As we move from a dues-based membership program serving 8,000 alumni to an inclusive membership program that seeks to serve more than 120,000 alumni, the ability to provide structure and support for alumni volunteer leaders will be critical to our success,” said Mark Rubinstein, interim vice president for university advancement, and vice president for student and academic services.

As the university continues to move toward becoming a more welcoming and inclusive institution, Rubinstein says there is an opportunity to rebuild relationships with alumni from underrepresented groups. Donovan, partnering with others, will help to reestablish those relationships.

Prior to moving to the Hanover school in 1997, Donovan was director of regional development at Case Western Reserve University where he developed and implemented regional strategies during a $50 million campaign.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to follow in Gregg Sanborn's footsteps and to help implement President Huddleston's vision of engaging more alumni in the life of UNH,” Donovan said. “Keeping alumni connected with one another and with the university is mutually beneficial. I look forward to working with such a strong board for the Alumni Association and a talented staff of alumni relations professionals on campus."

Donovan received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in history from Case Western Reserve University.

He will begin at UNH Nov. 16.

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