Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State University Foundation and Vice President for University Development

Washington State University in Washington

Deadline March 14, 2014
Date Posted February 3, 2014
Type Executive
Employment Type Full-time




Washington State University (WSU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State University Foundation and Vice President for University Development.


Washington State University is a land-grant university that conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to more than 27,000 students statewide. Students are taught in an environment enriched by research activities and graduate study. Founded in Pullman in 1890, WSU’s statewide system includes extension offices in every county and distance degree programs accessible around the world.


The Carnegie Foundation classifies WSU as one of 96 U.S. public and private universities with very high research activity. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the University among the top public universities (63rd in the 2013 ranking) and among the Top 10 for the online MBA and Executive MBA programs. 


Washington State University’s main campus (approximately 19,500 students) is located in Pullman, with co-locations in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. Pullman was recently designated a “dreamtown” by Demographics Daily, reflecting the city’s exceptionally high quality of life. Also, in a recent survey of best towns, Bloomberg Businessweek’s named Pullman the best place to raise children in the State of Washington.


Washington State University is a member of the Pacific 12 Conference. This not only places WSU in one of the most prestigious sports conferences in the nation it also puts them in the company of the academically elite with more than 120 Nobel Laureates across the campuses of the Pacific 12 member institutions.


The Washington State University Foundation is the non-profit corporation that raises and manages gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations for the benefit of Washington State University.


Reporting to the President of WSU and working closely with the Board of Governors of the WSU Foundation, the CEO of the WSU Foundation and Vice President for University Development is responsible for the overall leadership and management of all fundraising activities on behalf of Washington State University, including the public phase of the current $1 billion campaign, major gifts, gift planning, annual giving, communications, donor relations, board relations, financial operations, investment management and advancement services. In this capacity, the position is also expected to play a key role in institutional planning that integrates academic, fiscal, and development goals. The person in this position works directly with the President and academic leadership of the University to solicit financial support of the strategic priorities of the University.


The position’s major responsibility is to plan and implement programs and strategies to assist the University in achieving its goals through fundraising and other outreach efforts designed to enhance the University’s position as a world class land-grant research institution. The incumbent will set the vision and strategic direction for programs that seek to involve alumni and friends in advancing and supporting the fundraising priorities of the University in conjunction with the academic community at Washington State University. This position works closely with the WSU Foundation’s governing bodies, the Board of Governors and Trustees, in planning and implementing programs to advance the University.

This position supervises approximately 150 full-time professional, administrative, and
support staff.

The successful candidate will possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. An advanced degree is desired. A proven record of significant experience in senior administrative leadership positions and success in development is desired, preferably in a higher education setting. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the culture of a land-grant institution. Alumni status is not a requirement; the successful candidate is expected to embrace the rich traditions of Washington State University. 

The Search Committee is committed to recruiting and identifying the best possible candidate to fill this position and will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by March 14, 2014. An application should include a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, a resume, and the names of at least five references with titles and contact information. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the University in the search.


Applications, nominations, and inquiries may be directed to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Phone: 850 650 2277 t Fax: 850 650 2272



For more information about WSU, please visit


Washington State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


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