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Faculty - Advanced Development for Deans and Academic Leaders

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Shaun Keister
Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations, University of California, Davis
President, UC Davis Foundation

Shaun B. Keister, a veteran fundraiser with experience in higher education, arts and conservation philanthropy, became UC Davis' first vice chancellor for development and alumni relations in 2011.

He functions as the campus's chief fundraising officer and also serves as president of the UC Davis Foundation. He led UC Davis in successfully completing its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, "The Campaign for UC Davis," raising more than $1.1 billion from nearly 110,000 donors. Under his leadership, UC Davis became one of the top two percent of fundraising programs in the United States according to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Keister has served in a series of high-level development posts at Florida State, Iowa State and Penn State universities. In his previous positions he has played a key role in the launch of three major campaigns.

He is a nationally-renowned fundraising expert having been quoted in local and national media outlets including "CNN Money," The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CURRENTS magazine, The Sacramento Bee and Fox 40 News. Additionally, he has nearly 20 years as an independent fundraising consultant serving clients including the San Francisco Opera, Steppenwolf Theatre, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy, and more than 60 public and private universities.

Keister has served as a CASE member and volunteer, speaking at more than 20 international conferences. He is the 2005 recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching and currently serves on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy..

He has a bachelor's degree in political science from The Pennsylvania State University and a master's and doctoral degree in sociology from Iowa State University of Science and Technology.


Laurie K. Houck

Laurie K. Houck
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Rollins College

As vice president for institutional advancement at Rollins College, Laurie Houck oversees the Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services and Scheduling and Events teams.

Prior to joining the Rollins community in January 2017, Houck served as vice president for development and alumni relations at the College of Wooster. During that time, she and her team created and implemented effective fundraising and alumni engagement programs that led to increased giving and volunteer involvement, and built on the strong relationships with and commitment of the board of trustees and the Alumni Board.

She also led the development team at Whitman College from 2006 - 2011, where she created the architecture for their largest campaign. Prior to Whitman, during her decade-long tenure at the University of Washington, she played a key role in the university's $2 billion campaign.

Houck holds a bachelor's degree in English from Whitman College and completed coursework at Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management in 2013.

Paul C. Johnson

Paul C. Johnson
President and Professor
Colorado School of Mines

Paul C. Johnson is the 17th president of Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado.

His career reflects his strong passion for innovation, education and student success. He began his career at Shell Development in Houston, developing novel approaches for managing and restoring contaminated soil and groundwater sites. He then joined the faculty at Arizona State University to continue this work and share his experiences with students. There, he gradually took on senior leadership positions, including ASU's associate vice president for research and dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which grew from about 6,000 to 19,000 students during his leadership.

Since arriving in Golden, he has challenged the Mines community to create more distinctive learning experiences, increase student success, diversify access to a Mines education, grow thematic-based research communities, expand entrepreneurial activities and to develop a more resilient and sustainable business model for the institution.

Throughout his time in academia and senior leadership, Johnson has continued teaching, mentoring and leading research projects. He serves as consultant to industry and governments and was editor for the National Ground Water Association's journal Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation for nine years.

A chemical engineer by training, he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California-Davis and master's and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and innovation through numerous awards, including the Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Water Environment Federation, the Brown and Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award in Remediation, and the National Ground Water Association's Keith E. Anderson Award. 

Nevin Kessler
President, Rutgers University Foundation
Executive Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations, Rutgers University

Nevin Kessler is president of the Rutgers University Foundation, and executive vice president of development and alumni relations for Rutgers University. Under his leadership, Rutgers completed the university's first $1 billion comprehensive campaign.

Prior to joining Rutgers in October 2013, he was the vice chancellor for university advancement at NC State University. He has also held leadership roles in development at the Yale School of Management, the University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc., and Virginia Tech.

Kessler has a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and a master's degree in education from Bowling Green State University.

James H. Moore, Jr.

Jim Moore
President & CEO
University of Illinois Foundation

James Moore, president and CEO of the University of Illinois Foundation, provides strategic oversight and support to a comprehensive fundraising operation for the University of Illinois and its three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. He previously served as president and CEO of the University of Arizona Foundation and the University of Northern Colorado Foundation. He previously held senior-level positions at Northwest Missouri State University, Clarkson University, University of Arizona, and Iowa State University. Moore has served on CASE's National Committee on Institutionally Related Foundations as well as the CASE Commission on Philanthropy. He currently serves as a treasurer on the CASE Board of Trustees. Moore is the 2015 recipient of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award.

Heather M. Young, R.N.

Heather M. Young, R.N.
Professor and Dean Emerita
University of California, Davis

A nurse leader, educator, scientist and nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care, Heather M. Young is a professor and dean emerita at UC Davis. As founding dean and associate vice chancellor for nursing for UC Davis Health, she led the establishment of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and stewarded the $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to launch this effort. Accomplishments include five new graduate programs in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership, the design and construction of the 70,000-square-foot Betty Irene Moore Hall and the formation of a nursing science research program focused on healthy systems and healthy people.

Young researches healthy aging with a particular focus on the interface between individuals, family and formal health care systems. She has received funding from more than a dozen foundations for research and program development. She co-leads the Healthy Aging in a Digital World initiative at UC Davis Health and co-directs the Family Caregiving Institute.

She is a UC Davis alumna, with a bachelor's degree in dietetics. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Sacramento City College, a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southern Oregon State College, and a master's degree in nursing with a specialty in gerontology, and a doctorate in nursing science from the University of Washington.

Cassie Warman

Cassie Warman
Vice President, University Advancement
Pacific University

Cassie Warman, a leader in educational advancement for more than 30 years, serves as vice president of university advancement at Pacific University in Oregon. Warman served as vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Foundation from 2009–2012 where she led the college's advancement efforts including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing as well as external and government relations.

She previously served as the vice president for university relations at Portland State University where she secured the largest private gift in PSU history, orchestrated the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign that raised $114 million and led the university's first branding campaign. Prior to joining Portland State in 2004, she held advancement positions at Washington State University's Vancouver campus, the University of Portland and Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue, Washington.

Warman has served on numerous boards and is the past chair of the CASE Board of Trustees. She has been honored with the CASE District VIII Distinguished Service Award as well as many other awards and honors.

Mark Zupan

Mark Zupan
Alfred University

Mark Zupan became Alfred University's 14th president in its 183-year history on July 1, 2016. During his tenure, he and his team have created a five-year leadership giving society, the Saxon Circle, which now has nearly 500 members; established a Strategic Investment Fund with gifts from board members and other key donors that allows the university to implement some of its strategic goals without adversely affecting the operating budget; and realized an average of more than $21 million per year in new gifts and commitments, and are on track to top that this year.

A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics, President Zupan earned his doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his teaching career at Harvard University and then the University of Southern California (USC). He moved into administration as associate dean of masters programs at USC and then dean and professor of economics at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

Prior to coming to Alfred, he spent 10 years as dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, where he also served as director of the Bradley Policy Center and the Olin Professor of Economics and Public Policy. At Simon, Zupan spearheaded the first comprehensive campaign in the school's history-one that ended up raising more than $85 million over seven years and more than doubled the annual level of gifts and commitments to the school and added 10 new endowed professorships to a pre-existing base of nine. At the Eller College of Management, Zupan and his advancement team led a campaign that raised more than $100 million in seven years, considerably surpassing the $13 million raised by the college's previous campaign.

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