Cal Poly hires vice president for university advancement

A veteran in the world of university fundraising, Deborah Read, has been hired as Cal Poly’s new vice president for university advancement and CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation.

Read currently serves as vice president for university advancement at the University of Dayton in Ohio, and has been an educational fundraiser for three decades. Her appointment is effective Jan. 1.

Read succeeds Robert Koob, Cal Poly’s provost who also has been serving as interim vice president for advancement and CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation since spring 2010, when the late Sandra Ogren retired from the posts because of health problems.

In announcing Read’s appointment, cited her breadth and depth as a career fundraiser and administrator.

“Deborah has compiled a stellar career of achievement as a fundraiser and strategic planner of major capital campaigns on scales larger than Cal Poly has yet to undertake,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said in a news release.

“As I said to our faculty and staff at the beginning of the academic year, with the massive reductions in state funding, Cal Poly’s future depends in part on our ability to rapidly expand our fundraising prowess.”

“Cal Poly is highly regarded not only for its Learn by Doing programs but also for its tremendously loyal alumni and for the faculty and staff’s devotion to their students’ success,” Read said in the release.

The Cal Poly Foundation raised $25 million in philanthropic gifts to Cal Poly in fiscal 2010-11.