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Further Progress on Our Advancement Efforts

I am pleased to announce the appointments of Andrew Deubler as Deputy Vice President for University Advancement and Robert Gibson as Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Development. Both individuals will become members of the senior leadership group of Jim Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer, and will assist Jim in the strategic planning to create a comprehensive development program.

Andy Deubler will be the second in command in the central advancement organization. He has been with the University of Rochester Medical Center for more than seven years. He was recruited to fill the position of Director of Major Gifts and Campaign Operations for the Medical Center’s $94 million basic research campaign and was subsequently appointed Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Medical Center. While in this position, Andy oversaw the growth of the Medical Center Development office from 23 full-time employees to more than 60 development professionals.

Jim Thompson notes that “Andy Deubler has helped build a tremendous advancement program for the Medical Center. He has been a real pleasure for me to work with, in the time since I have been appointed. I admire his enthusiasm and zest as a student of the profession, his commitment to the University, and his dynamic and energetic leadership.”

Rob Gibson comes to the University from Washington University in St. Louis where he served as Senior Director of Development, Arts and Sciences. In that position, Rob was responsible for the oversight of the Arts and Sciences component of the Washington University’s $1.5 billion campaign. Within this component of the campaign, Rob and his staff were successful in securing in excess of $193 million in incremental support, well in excess of the defined goal.

According to Jim Thompson, “Rob Gibson is a great development strategist and fund raiser. He has built up a wealth of experience throughout his impressive and successful career. Rob is very sensitive to the academic mission of higher education and is an effective champion of its advancement. I am thrilled he has agreed to join us at Rochester.”

We are indeed eager and excited to begin to build the University’s infrastructure to support our development efforts. Andy and Rob will be critical contributors to this process.