Vice President for Advancement Leaving
February 9, 2012
On Monday, January 30, Steve Elder informed me that he will be stepping down from his role as vice president for advancement. Beginning February 20, Steve will focus on preparing the advancement division for the transition and will serve as senior philanthropic advisor, assisting me on special philanthropic initiatives until July 31, 2012. Beyond CC, Steve will begin making his expertise available to other organizations by consulting in partnership with The Suddes Group/For Impact.
Steve has served the college since November 1998, first as director of development, then as associate vice president for development, until he was appointed vice president in 2004.
Instrumental in two major campaigns, he has overseen a program that has received more than $300 million in generous cash and commitments during his tenure. He has been key in funding historic building projects such as the Russell T. Tutt Science Center, the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, the enhancements to the Van Briggle building and Children's Center, as well as the El Pomar Sports Complex, which is currently under way. Steve provided leadership to the college’s completion of the Priddy Challenge and to securing the $10 million Walton Family Foundation matchinggrant for deep-need scholarships. He was also instrumental in creating and building the President’s Circle and the 1874 Society.
Steve told me that when he arrived at Colorado College he never expected to stay as long as he did, but he fell in love with CC and the wonderful endeavor of advancing its mission. I honor his decision and am grateful for his service.
Within the next few weeks, I will announce a process for identifying our next vice president for advancement, who I hope will begin service on August 1, 2012. In the meantime, I am grateful to Professor Tim Fuller for agreeing to serve as interim vice president for advancement. Tim brings extensive experience as not only an esteemed faculty member, but also for serving as dean of the faculty and college from 1992 to 1999; as acting president from August 2001 to January 2002; as a charter member of the Campaign Executive Committee under former President Kathryn Mohrman; and as a member of the Faculty Advancement Advisory Committee. I hope there will be other opportunities for faculty members to help serve in the college’s leadership.