Antioch University Announces New Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

New Associate Vice Chancellor brings vast experience in higher education fundraising

Online PR News – 02-September-2017 – Santa Barbara, Calif. – Antioch University named Norbert Tan as its new associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement. Tan will be based on Antioch University’s Santa Barbara campus and will provide both campus and university-wide fundraising support focusing on initiatives with the West Coast advancement team. He succeeds Barbara Greenleaf, who successfully led fundraising efforts for Antioch’s Santa Barbara campus prior to her retirement.

Tan was selected from a national pool of candidates for his success in fundraising for non-profits and his demonstrated commitment to higher education and student success. He joins Antioch after serving 10 years as the executive director of the Ventura College Foundation.

“The Antioch University community is excited to welcome Mr. Tan and to leverage his vast experience in higher education fundraising to continue Antioch University’s upward trajectory in fund development,” said Chancellor Bill Groves.

At the Foundation under Tan’s leadership, VCF’s assets and endowment grew nearly 60 percent, and nearly $20 million in donor fundraising was awarded to students in scholarships, grants and support for programs and textbooks. He initiated the creation of a diesel mechanics program by securing a $1-million corporate lead gift and led the college’s Promise program, one of the first in the state, which provides a tuition-free freshman year for every Ventura County high school graduate. More than 10,000 students have benefited from the VC Promise.

Prior to Ventura College, Tan was the managing director of Ventura-based Rubicon Theatre Company. His community service includes serving as past president of the Ventura County Leadership Academy, board member for Ventura County Ballet, and advisory board member for Rubicon Theatre Company. He also performed pro-bono strategic and fundraising consulting for non-profit organizations in the region.

Tim Forbess, Antioch University’s Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement commented, “Norbert brings his passion for the values that make Antioch distinctive among educational institutions. I am confident he will be able to communicate Antioch’s role in social, economic, and environmental justice to our alumni and donors and assist our team in raising significant and transformative gifts to serve more students.”

After receiving his B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, Mr. Tan earned his M.B.A. in Non-Profit and Arts Management from the top-ranked Anderson School at UCLA.

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