Vice President for Advancement Announcement - August, 2011

To:                   St. Lawrence Faculty and Staff
From:              William L. Fox, President
Date:               August 25, 2011
Subject:          Vice President for University Advancement

With Momentum St. Lawrence having concluded last winter, and our next fundraising priorities to be defined in alignment with our future Strategic Map and Facilities Master Plan, Mike Archibald, vice president for university advancement, has shared his intention to seek new opportunities beyond St. Lawrence.  I have accepted his decision and asked him to remain with us into the Fall Semester in the role of senior advisor to the president for advancement planning.  Mike has graciously agreed to stay as long as I need him this Fall to move forward our transition.

For all of us in the St. Lawrence circle, let me honor Mike’s contributions to the university by sharing his professional history and accomplishments.  A staff member at St. Lawrence since 1991, Mike’s positions have included Director of Annual Giving, Director of Annual and Special Gifts, Director of Major Gifts, and Vice President for University Advancement. Mike has overseen the advancement function including development, alumni and parent programs, University communications, and North Country Public Radio. As chief development officer for the University, Mike works with trustees and other leadership supporters on fund-raising initiatives.  

With colleagues in the University Advancement division, Mike helped the University achieve, by December 31, 2002, the $132 million raised in Campaign St. Lawrence over several years.  The next campaign, Momentum St. Lawrence, had its public kick-off in 2006 and concluded December 31, 2010 having raised $172 million.  Mike leaves us knowing that his efforts helped raise critical resources for such projects that have engendered much pride in St. Lawrence.
I’m grateful for all that Mike has contributed to the many measures of success St. Lawrence now enjoys and will continue to appreciate in the years ahead.

Because members of the advancement staff have extensive travel obligations, a large work agenda, and numerous alumni events to attend, we need to give them ample administrative support. To that end, I have asked Sue Washburn, who served St. Lawrence as vice president for University relations from 1988 – 1996, and who has been a senior principal in her own development consulting firm Washburn & McGoldrick since 1996, to work with us part-time on an interim basis.  Through regular visits to campus and through telecommuting arrangements, Sue will assist the very capable advancement staff in this transition period. We will organize immediately a national search for a new Vice President for Advancement.