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Rollins College Announces New Vice President of Institutional Advancement

October 10, 2008

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Winter Park, Fla. (October 10, 2008) – Rollins College announces the appointment of James Gerhardt as vice president for institutional advancement.

As senior associate director of major gifts at Yale University, he helped raise nearly $2.3 billion during its current “Yale Tomorrow” campaign.  Gerhardt developed and implemented giving strategies, capital campaign planning, and identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors.

“Everyone at Rollins has been impressed by Jim’s knowledge of the advancement enterprise, appreciation for our liberal arts mission, creative thinking, and commitment to teamwork,” said Rollins President Lewis Duncan.

Gerhardt began his career at his alma mater serving as an Associate Regional Director for "The Campaign for Yale"—a $370 million capital fund raising campaign. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, and then spent nearly two decades in the Southwest working primarily in real estate management and investments, as well as serving as a board member of a number of institutions, including the Association of Yale Alumni. Gerhardt rejoined the Development Office at Yale in June 2001 as a Major Gifts Officer with fund raising responsibilities for New York City and the Southwest. He subsequently served as Director of Special Gifts, an important pre-capital campaign effort that resulted in new strategic focus on younger alumni throughout the Alumni Fund, Reunion and Major Gift programs.  With the launching of Yale's $3.5 billion capital campaign in the fall of 2006, he became Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts.  He had responsibility for mentoring members of the University's largest fund raising team, as well as for helping to lead Yale's fund raising in a variety of areas, including New York City, the Twin Cities, Philadelphia, Arizona, and numerous states throughout the Midwest and West.

Gerhardt will start his appointment at Rollins on October 13. Cynthia Wood, who is retiring from the vice presidency, will be available to assist during the transition.

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest recognized college, and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America's best colleges.” The College of Arts & Sciences offers full-time undergraduate programs in the liberal arts. The Hamilton Holt School serves the Central Florida community by offering exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs during evenings and weekends to students diverse in age, experience and professional development. The Crummer Graduate School of Business is consistently ranked by Forbes magazine among the best business schools for return on investment, and Forbes recently ranked the MBA program No. 1 overall in Florida.

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