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UWRF Names New Foundation President

OCT. 16, 2006--A seasoned fundraising professional with ties to the Twin Cities has been named the executive director for university advancement and president of the UW-River Falls Foundation.

Nancy Devine will begin her duties with the university in November. She is serving as the executive director of development at the University of Detroit Mercy, a campus of 5,600 students and one of the oldest private universities in Michigan.  

In making the announcement, Chancellor Don Betz noted, "Nancy brings a wealth of successful experience in all phases of advancement to this important position. Her career clearly demonstrates an exceptional passion and effectiveness for encouraging support for education and a gift for organization and interpersonal relations. Nancy will be joining the University Cabinet as a senior leader and will work directly with our much appreciated UW-River Falls Foundation Board."

In accepting the appointment, the St. Paul native related that she is excited by the opportunities that are on the horizon for UWRF.

"I'm delighted to join UW-River Falls as the executive director of the office of University Advancement and president of its foundation. During my visits to the campus, I found its leadership, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to be welcoming and passionate about the university.

"It's clear that the campus is poised on the edge of greatness. It is an excellent regional asset for education and outreach in the St. Croix Valley of western Wisconsin. It's proximity to the Twin Cities metropolitan area will provide many opportunities for developing successful new relationships.

"All of these assets will help University Advancement and the Foundation to generate the support that can make the difference in achieving our vision for the University."

Devine has worked at UDM for the past seven years, beginning her career there as director of a comprehensive campaign that achieved an unprecedented $101.3 million goal for the institution.  

During the past three years, she simultaneously planned and implemented a new comprehensive campaign while strategically expanding the overall development program. Prior to her work at UDM, Devine was responsible for development, alumni relations, and advancement programs in non-profit organizations and higher education institutions, including the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University.

The chancellor added, "I know that we will be enriched by collaborating with Nancy and others as UW-River Falls takes its message to all the communities and people we serve and to the thousands of loyal alumni and friends. I am eager to introduce her to our university family."


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