Leadership named for faculty and staff campaign

March 04, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Top volunteer leadership for the faculty and staff component of the University-wide fundraising effort, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, is now in place, campaign Chairman Peter Tombros has announced.

"Recruitment of a team of highly respected and committed Penn Staters is an important forward step in assuring the success of one of the most important segments of the For the Future campaign," Tombros said. "Faculty and staff members see the University's most critical needs first hand, and their generosity is a source of inspiration for thousands of Penn State alumni and friends."

Chairing the faculty and staff campaign is John J. Romano, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and a veteran administrator in undergraduate education. Romano, who joined Penn State in 1968, has also served as a faculty member in the Colleges of Education and the Liberal Arts, as associate dean in the Liberal Arts, as campus executive officer at Penn State York and as vice president and dean of enrollment management.

"John's wide-ranging experience and the high esteem in which he is held across the University make him an ideal choice for faculty and staff campaign chair," said Tombros.

Joining Romano are four vice chairs:

-- Gail Hurley, associate vice president for auxiliary and business services, who will provide leadership for the campaign in the University's administrative

-- Scott Kretchmar, professor of exercise and sport science in the College of Health and Human Development, who will oversee the campaign in the academic colleges at University Park campus;

-- Blaine Steensland, senior director of student affairs and enrollment management at Penn State Berks, who will head the campaign at campuses other than University Park; and

-- John and Mary Anne Cahir, who will lead the campaign among Penn State retirees. John Cahir is University vice provost and dean emeritus for undergraduate education and professor emeritus of meteorology, and Mary Anne Cahir is former director of development for the Philadelphia Region.

Romano and the vice chairs will work to recruit other volunteer leaders in the various colleges, campuses and administrative units; help to solicit major gifts from faculty and staff; host campaign events; and work with professional staff from the Office of University Development in planning and implementing campaign strategies.

"During the last University-wide fundraising initiative, the Grand Destiny campaign [1996-2003], 55 percent of all Penn State faculty and staff made commitments totaling $41 million," said Romano. "That's an extraordinary show of generosity and commitment to the University, and an excellent benchmark for the current capital campaign."

He noted that faculty and staff gifts have been counted as campaign commitments since For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students began in its leadership gifts phase on Jan. 1, 2007. Its overall dollar goal will be determined by the time the campaign is launched publicly in 2010.

Faculty and staff will be contacted by mail and e-mail, and may receive personal contacts from volunteers, as the campaign moves forward.

  • John J. Romano

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