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Posted on February 5, 2010

To improve the effectiveness of Cal U's fundraising and alumni engagement operations, Vice President Ron Huiatt has realigned the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations.

"I have assessed the University's development and alumni functions, and I have an evolving sense of where we want to move the organization," Huiatt said. "These changes address that vision for the future of fundraising here at Cal U, enabling us to enhance communication, improve relationships and be more focused on our mission."

Cal U's first vice president of Development and Alumni Relations, Huiatt joined the University administration Nov. 30.

The reorganization creates a leadership team consisting of:

  • John Fisler, senior associate vice president for special initiatives.
  • Sharon Navoney, associate vice president for development.
  • Mitch Kozikowski, associate vice president for leadership giving.
  • Amy Lombard, executive director of alumni relations and annual fund.

Fisler will serve as an adviser to Huiatt and a liaison with Athletic Development. In addition, he will focus on special initiatives and areas such as policies and procedures.

Navoney will oversee a number of support areas that have been consolidated within the area of major and planned gifts. She will supervise advancement services, prospect research and management, and donor relations/special events, along with Cal U's planned giving and major gifts officers.

Navoney joined Cal U's Development office in April 2009 after working at the senior management level in development and advancement at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

"Since coming to Cal U, I have been energized by the possibilities and opportunities," she said. "The organizational re-alignment not only positions us to complete this campaign successfully but leverages us for the next and even larger campaign.

"Core synergies within our department, coupled with the enthusiasm and engagement of our alumni, will continue to gain momentum and open up new markets for us. It is an exciting time here at Cal U."

Kozikowski will continue to work with leadership gifts, Goldstein with corporate and foundation giving, and Lombard with alumni engagement and the Cal U for Life initiative.

The reorganization became effective in January, about six months after the public announcement of the University's $35 million capital campaign.

The Campaign to Build Character and Careers will boost the scholarship fund; enhance internship opportunities; help to build an Honors College and a School of Business and Professional Studies; and support an endowed lecture series, the Character Education Institute, and other academic and program endeavors.

"Our goal is to bring the capital campaign to a successful and timely conclusion," Huiatt said. "With this reorganization, we position ourselves to become a premier fundraising and alumni relations operation, the very best among comprehensive universities of our size and scope."