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Key appointments in Advancement

The Office of University Advancement, led by Jim Thompson, senior vice president and chief advancement officer, recently made appointments to several key positions in the organization.
Matthew Haag and Kevin Weekley have been named directors in the Office of Major Gifts and Regional Programs. The two former Johns Hopkins University development officers will help organize and implement a new national program designed to increase giving dramatically. They will manage regional major gift officers based in Rochester who will be deployed across the country. Haag has 12 years of experience in the development field. Most recently, he was senior associate director of development and alumni relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing during its comprehensive campaign. Weekley has nine years of successful development experience with an emphasis on forging donor relationships and soliciting major gifts. His most recent position was director of major gifts at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering.
Polly Reeder has been named executive director of volunteer management and boards. One of Reeder’s primary responsibilities is to collaborate with key administrators to develop and expand national advisory councils for each school and major unit at the University. The councils will be integrated with the University’s governance structure, advise the deans, and engage in strategic planning. Reeder also has significant responsibility related to trustee activity with the University, including supporting the work of a number of board committees. Prior to joining the advancement division, Reeder worked at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she was a primary liaison to the board chair and one of the country’s largest boards.
Elizabeth Wehle has been promoted to the position of senior director of donor relations in the University’s advancement division. In her new position, she oversees the organization and coordination of events involving President Seligman and key University supporters with whom he interacts, among other responsibilities. Most recently, Wehle was director of regional programs and parent relations for the College, managing all regional events for College alumni and parents throughout the country. Her responsibilities included the UR Involved alumni and parent volunteer program as well as the Parents Council.
Kevin Wesley has joined advancement as executive director of alumni relations. He and his staff will work with a wide array of offices and individuals at the University to develop an integrated, centralized alumni relations program on a national scale. This will require collaboration and coordination with many areas, including events planning, communications and marketing, technology, and the University annual funds. Wesley has more than nine years of experience in both alumni relations and public affairs at Bowdoin College and most recently at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was assistant vice president for university advancement and deputy director of alumni relations.
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