Winthrop president realigns fundraising, admissions divisions

Posted September 6, 2013 3:34 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Winthrop University president Jayne Marie Comstock Friday announced several significant changes to the university’s organizational structure.

In a statement to staff, Comstock announced the reorganization of the administration of the university’s fundraising efforts and fund management.  Previously, the Foundation was a joint effort led by the Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

The Winthrop University Foundation Board approved their portion of the change last week that seeks to separate the fundraising and and alumni relations activities of the University from the administration of the Winthrop Foundation.

“Adopting this model underscores the importance of separating gift acceptance management and allocation functions from fundraising activities,” Comstock said. “…To ensure the highest fiduciary compliance with IRS regulations, donor intent and stewardship of all Foundation assets.”

Kim Keel, who currently serves as the Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations and the Executive Director of the Winthrop Foundation, will remain in her role has head of the foundation, Comstock said. Keel will also take on the role as Vice President for Community Engagement and Impact.

Also Friday, Comstock announced the merge of the university’s recruitment, admissions and advancement into a Division of Access and Enrollment Management.

A search for a new Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management will soon get underway, as that new hire will oversee Directors of Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid.

“During the time it takes to put these new administrative structures in place, we will convene several different discussion sessions to address the important visioning questions I proposed during my Opening Address,” Comstock said.”

“To serve our mission well, we must prudently steward our Foundation resources; we must enhance our fundraising, relationship building, and image building efforts; we must renew our approach to enrollment management for traditional, post-traditional, and graduate students; and we must gather our collective talents to produce a positive impact on our state, our region, our nation, and our world.”

Comstock expects the changes to take effect around November 1, 2013.