Former Sonoma State University Development VP To Oversee Institutional Giving Programs, Other Capital Campaigns
Online PR News – 21-July-2016 – LOS ANGELES – LOS ANGELES (July 20, 2016) – Expanding its outreach to the corporate donor community, Woodbury University has named development veteran Erik Greeny Vice President, Advancement, the university announced today.
Greeny brings to Woodbury 17+ years of university-level development and strategic leadership experience, with a focus on fundraising, portfolio management and corporate partnerships. As University Development VP at Sonoma State University in Northern California, Greeny coordinated more than $45 million in private philanthropic giving during his four and a half years in that post. He instituted a results-driven major gift program, expanded the university’s donor base and initiated Sonoma State’s first “Day of Giving” and crowdfunding efforts.
The Vice President, Advancement (VPA), at Woodbury University serves as the Chief Advancement Officer and is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional fundraising programs. This function includes responsibility for alumni relations, annual fund, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, stewardship, and community relation efforts. The VPA is a key member of the President’s cabinet.
“Woodbury is fortunate to have someone of Erik’s caliber in this vital position,” said Dr. David Steele-Figueredo, Woodbury University President. “His tenure at Sonoma State University was exemplary, and we look forward to his contributions as we implement an advancement program that is second to none. Erik will serve as a bridge between members of the Board of Trustees and corporate leaders in Southern California. He’s especially skilled at developing high-level donor cultivation plans and has private university experience, having spent seven years in prospect research and alumni relations at Stanford University.”
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Woodbury community as VPA,” Greeny said. “Woodbury has a long tradition of serving the educational needs of Southern California. Through expansive corporate and community outreach, I look forward to building on Woodbury’s strong foundation and helping to position the university for sustained growth.”
Prior to serving as Development VP at Sonoma State University, Greeny was Associate Vice President, University Development at Sonoma State and Senior Director of Development/University Advancement at San José State University. He also served at Stanford University. He holds a B.S. in Social Science from California State University, Chico.
About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. The university ranks 15th among the nation’s “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” according to Money Magazine, and is a 2016-17 College of Distinction. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Interior Architecture (MIA), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Leadership. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a MSArch (Master of Architecture) degree with a concentration in Real Estate Development. Visit woodbury.edu for more information.
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