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September 29, 2008

TO:  Campus Community
FROM:  Neil Kerwin, President
SUBJECT:  Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations -- Dr. Thomas Minar

I am pleased to announce that, following a national search, I have named Dr. Thomas J. Minar to be AU's new vice president of development and alumni relations. Dr. Minar's appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting last week; he starts on October 15.

While overseeing AU's fund-raising and alumni relations programs, Dr. Minar will work closely with the university leadership, schools and colleges, alumni, and the Board of Trustees to invigorate an effort to support AU's strategic priorities, attract new funding, and build lifelong relationships between AU and its 100,000 alumni. Among his key responsibilities will be to successfully conclude the $200 million AnewAU campaign, build a foundation to help meet AU's capital needs emanating from the new strategic plan and future facilities plans, and strengthen the participation of alumni in the university.

Dr. Minar brings to the position a wealth of experience in higher education fund-raising, alumni affairs, constituent relations, and university administration. For the past five years (2003 to 2008) at Roosevelt University in Chicago, he served as vice president for institutional advancement and then as a special assistant to the president. As the chief advancement officer for the two-campus comprehensive university, he planned, re-structured, and managed the development and alumni affairs operations—doubling gifts and pledges in only four years while securing numerous six- and seven-figure gifts and grants.

From 1999 to 2003, he was vice president for development and external affairs at the Chicago Theological Seminary, where he also was an adjunct professor of religion, political science, and management, and was assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees. Previously, he was director of development for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, associate dean for external affairs and chief development officer for the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration, and assistant dean and alumni relations director at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

He earned his doctorate in political science from Northwestern University, master's degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern, and bachelor's degree from Pomona College. He is currently the president of the Pomona College Alumni Association.

We welcome Dr. Minar to campus as the newest member of the university's senior administrative team, and we look forward to working closely with him to help AU achieve its strategic goals and even greater levels of success.

September 29, 2008 11:51 AM


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