Dixon Walter complete international campaign to recruit new Director of Advancement

The University has appointed Kathryn Wittneben as its new Director of Advancement as part of its growing work in strengthening and diversifying the University’s portfolio of funding.

Kathryn, formerly Director of Development for the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, in the US, took up her post on the 21 November 2016.

In her new role Kathryn will have responsibility for establishing, leading and delivering the new UWS advancement service, with a key aim of maximising the University’s income to support strategic projects including UWS estates developments, research activities, internationalisation and educational innovation.

Kathryn has extensive international experience in developing and implementing fundraising strategies and campaigns for universities and colleges, foundations and not-for-profit organisations. Her fundraising activities in education have included work on international and corporate support, alumni outreach and engagement, and staff development.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “As we grow our alumni and fundraising activities, we were looking for a highly experienced individual who could take forward these initiatives to help meet the ambitious targets of our corporate strategy. Given Kathryn’s multi-faceted international background and extensive strategic, fundraising and partnership-building experience she proved the ideal match for the job. In creating this new position we are demonstrating our commitment to establishing an enhanced programme of engagement with our alumni and supporters, diversifying our fundraising opportunities and investigating new sources of income from grants and trusts.”

During her career, Kathryn has held academic positions with universities in Sweden and the United States; worked as a senior economist focusing on international issues for two US Congressional Committees; led an international policy institute; and helped develop two foundations (the Eurasia Foundation – focusing on the former Soviet Union – and The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, US – focusing on work with at-risk youth).

Kathryn has a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Iowa; and a Masters in International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC.

Commenting on the appointment she said: “I am really honoured and excited to be joining the innovative team at UWS at this significant point in the University’s development. UWS has an impressive heritage and I look forward to working with the University’s senior management team, staff, students and alumni from UWS, and its constituent institutions, to expand UWS’s capabilities to make an even greater impression on the west of Scotland and around the world.”

Original document found on UWS website; http://www.uws.ac.uk/news—ca…

Posted by Alan Walter

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Emma Wilkins of Dixon Walter, led the recruitment campaign for this key appointment. It follows successful academic leadership appointments elsewhere for the University. Emma has taken much time to understand the institution and provide key advice on how to market the opportunities to ensure the best talent is found.

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Hands up who’s ready for half term! Phew what a busy start to the academic year it’s been. At Dixon Walter, we’ve been busy working on some fantastic appointments with existing clients and new. Thank you to all those who continue to support us.