Leadership changes in Advancement to enhance UT outreach efforts

January 4, 2016 | News, UToday, Advancement
By Meghan Cunningham

New roles in the Division of Advancement will enhance The University of Toledo’s fundraising and marketing efforts to increase support to the institution and expand its profile and reputation.

Barbara Tartaglia-Poure will serve in the newly created role of executive director of national development for the UT Foundation, and Brett Loney has been tapped to fill her previous role on an interim basis as UT associate vice president of development for Main Campus.

Additionally, Jon Strunk, associate vice president for university communications, will lead both the Office of University Communications and Office of University Marketing on an interim basis.

“Expanding our outreach to UT alumni, donors and supporters across the nation is critical to our efforts to raise the resources President Gaber has spoken to as critical to the success of this University,” said Sam McCrimmon, vice president for advancement.

“When Barbara indicated she was considering retirement, we both felt that it created a tremendous opportunity to expand the UT Foundation’s geographic footprint,” McCrimmon said, noting that Tartaglia-Poure will be based in Florida much of the year in line with the growing trend for institutions to expand their successful fundraising efforts with staff members stationed remotely in strategic locations.

“I am enthusiastic about this new opportunity and believe it will be successful in generating a significant impact for UT,” Tartaglia-Poure said. “I get to do what I love to do the most, meet with the most interesting alumni, share gifting opportunities with them, and assist in helping them create meaningful legacies for our students, faculty and our University.”

Loney, who has served as UT’s director of corporate and foundation relations since January 2014, is a good fit to take over leadership of development on Main Campus, McCrimmon said.

“Brett has a tremendous depth of philanthropic experience, and I am confident UT’s Main Campus development officers will thrive under his leadership,” he said.

“Dr. Gaber has made clear that philanthropic success is key to the ultimate success of our students, faculty and researchers,” Loney said. “I’m excited to work with the deans and major gift officers to help tell The University of Toledo’s success stories and share the vital role our donors play in making that success possible.”

The interim leadership change in the communication and marketing areas will help ensure a consistent message across The University of Toledo, as well as reduce administrative costs, McCrimmon said.

“I am excited about this opportunity to leverage the strengths of UT’s communications and marketing teams to work more closely together under Jon’s leadership to speak with one voice about the exciting things happening at UT,” McCrimmon said.

“The communications and marketing arms of the University have always had a good working relationship, and I look forward to the creative and engaging outreach that will be the result of increased collaboration,” said Strunk, who joined UT in 2004.

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