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UAlbany Names Read Vice President for Development

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

Deborah A. W. Read

Deborah A.W. Read

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 1, 2005) -- Deborah A. W. Read, vice president for University Advancement at Northern Kentucky University, has been named vice president for development at the University at Albany.

As the University's chief development officer, Read will work closely with alumni and the University at Albany Foundation to advance the fundraising and awareness goals of the institution.

At Northern Kentucky, Read was responsible for a successful $51 million comprehensive fundraising campaign that concluded nine months ahead of schedule and $11 million over goal. As vice president she has had responsibility for the NKU Foundation Inc., development, marketing, communications, alumni programs, special events and the WNKU national public radio station.

Read's fundraising career is distinguished by previously held university advancement positions. At Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, she was vice president for Advancement and at the University at Maryland, College Park she held several fundraising positions, last serving as Director of University Development during a $350 million campaign.

Read has served on the board of directors for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II and has presented at numerous CASE conferences. Read is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

University at Albany President Kermit L. Hall said, "Deborah Read brings a wealth of experience and a seasoned understanding of how to build an effective development and alumni program. She has proven her merit in successfully running a major capital campaign and in spreading the word about the value of investing in higher education. The entire University at Albany community looks forward to her joining us."

In response to the announcement of her appointment, Read said, "I am honored to be joining the University at Albany as vice president for development. The University is a vibrant institution, with high quality academic programs, outstanding research, and a strong commitment to its students by dedicated staff and faculty. I look forward to joining President Hall, the entire University team, alumni and friends. Together we will build upon the solid foundation of the University's past successes and develop greater private funding in support of the University's mission and priorities."

Read, who will assume the post in late August succeeds Interim Vice President Vesna Gjaja.


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