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KU Foundation names Executive Director

August 15, 2013

Tracey ThompsonKUTZTOWN, Pa. -The Board of Directors of the Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement is pleased to announce that, following a comprehensive national search, Tracey L. Thompson has been named Executive Director, effective September 1.

Thompson will be responsible for providing institutional leadership for the foundation, and will oversee all fundraising, alumni engagement, and development operations. As Executive Director, she will work with President Cevallos, alumni, and the entire KU community to further the foundation's philanthropic mission and provide support for the university, its students, faculty, and staff.

Board President James Zellner ‘86 says, "We think that Tracey's outstanding leadership experience and her strong vision will help grow the foundation and enhance its ability to support KU. Tracey has a proven track record of success, and we are looking forward to working with her to complete the Setting the Stage campaign and to build for the future."

Thompson brings more than twenty years of advancement experience to the position from her time spent working within both higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Thompson served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Antioch University New England, in Keene, NH, where she implemented an alumni outreach program, oversaw the growth of the annual fund and unrestricted giving, and helped create a robust culture of philanthropy at the University's New England campus.

"I am so proud to join the team at Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement," Thompson says. "I am very much looking forward to helping the foundation complete the Setting the Stage campaign and achieve new heights of success in advance of KU's sesquicentennial in 2016."

Thompson graduated from the University of Maine with degrees in journalism and broadcasting/film. She has a Master's degree in management from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and plans to attend the prestigious Harvard University Institute for Educational Management next summer.