By: Sandy Pfeiffer
It is my great pleasure to announce that Ms. Sallie-Grace Tate has accepted the position of Vice President for Advancement. She will be starting August 1, 2007. My thanks to the search committee, chaired by Richard Blomgren, for the hard work it invested in this successful process.
Sallie-Grace comes to us from Iowa State University, where she has been senior director of development for the Iowa State University Foundation since 2003. Previously she was Director of Advancement at Chatham Hall in Virginia. Her background and experience have helped her acquire strengths in all phases of advancement including major gifts, donor solicitations, donor stewardship, event planning, strategic planning, marketing, alumni/alumnae relations, capital campaigns, and trustee relations. As well, she has managed an advancement office that included colleagues with diverse responsibilities. Clearly, she is prepared for the challenge of her new position at Warren Wilson.
A native of Burlington, North Carolina, Sallie-Grace graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has completed the Duke University Program in Non-Profit Management and has had considerable specialized training in campaign strategies, planned giving, solicitation of major gifts, leadership, and educational fund-raising.
Finally, I would like to thank Carla Sutherland for her years of excellent service to this college as Vice President for College Relations. Her tenure in the position was one of great success. Because Carla will be retiring at the end of June and Sallie-Grace will not be starting until August, I have asked J. Clarkson to oversee the office during July. He also will assist Sallie-Grace with her transition this summer, as will other members of the College Relations staff.
As we look to the fund-raising challenges ahead, we are fortunate to have Sallie-Grace Tate joining this special campus community.