Three New Advancement Directors
The effort to match new advancement directors with each of the colleges
has taken a big step forward with the hiring of Leslie Schibsted in Natural
Sciences, Ann Prater in Humanities and Fine Arts, and Jonathan Wanderstock
in Intercollegiate Athletics. The three join Dee Hoffman-Wills in Business,
Sarah Fry in Communications and Education and Jerry Hight in Engineering,
Computer Science, and Construction Management.
The new directors have offices in the colleges and work directly with
the deans (with the exception of Wanderstock, who works with the director
of athletics) under the umbrella of Vice President for University Advancement
Rick Ellison. The three bring different backgrounds in fund-raising and public
relations to the challenging task of coordinating each college’s advancement
They speak of themselves as “expert advocates for the colleges we represent.” They
share an excitement about their new jobs and an agreement that their primary
work is to build relationships and to connect what is happening in a college
with someone’s passion.
The University is poised on the edge of opportunity in a lot of areas,” said
Schibsted. “At the end of the day, my job won’t be about raising
money but about seeing people’s dreams realized.”
Leslie Schibsted has worked with for-profit clients in advertising,
marketing, and investment management and with non-profits in fund-raising
for more than 15 years. She specializes in helping non-profits effectively
articulate their mission and programs in all their materials, including case
documents, donor relations materials, and other marketing efforts. She earned
her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, from
the School of Business Administration.
Wanderstock previously worked in Eugene, Oregon, where he
served as assistant dean of development and external relations at the University
of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Before that he was at the
University of Colorado at Boulder for nearly five years as director of development
for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The strategic plan he
developed resulted in the School’s first endowed chair. Wanderstock
obtained a dual degree in broadcast journalism and business law from Syracuse
University and a master’s degree in sports administration from Penn
State University. He is originally from Ithaca, New York.
Ann Prater comes
to the College of HFA from Enloe Medical Center, where she was director of
public relations for the last five years. Before that,
she held similar positions at CHW North State and Redding Medical Center.
A 1978 Humboldt State graduate, She spent the first ten years of her
career in television news, first as news director in Eureka and then as a
in Sacramento and San Diego. She sees her work as a director of advancement
as similar to the public relations work she did in communications in
the health field: translating the story of the University and building relationships.