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Augustana names new VP of advancement

February  24, 2014

After a competitive nationwide search, Augustana College President Steven Bahls announced Julie Crockett, from Denver, will serve as the college's next vice president of advancement.

"Julie is an outstanding leader who brings a wealth of fund-raising experience to Augustana," President Bahls said. "She has a deep appreciation for the important role of national liberal arts and sciences colleges, like Augustana, in preparing tomorrow's leaders. She also understands the central role of charitable giving in keeping colleges strong."

Crockett will bring with her more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She most recently worked for Regis University, Denver, from 2002-July 2013. While there she served as vice president of university relations. At Regis, Crockett led a successful seven-year campaign netting $82.7 million. Prior to Regis, she served as director of annual giving at Colorado School of Mines and director of advancement at Cornell College in Iowa.

Bahls described her as someone who can "hit the ground running and quickly move into campaign mode to support the strategic efforts of Augustana College."

He noted that, as someone who previously reorganized an alumni office to focus on lifelong relationships with graduates, her leadership will support Augustana's strategic planning effort to develop a Career Community, an effort outlined in the recently approved strategic plan, Augustana 2020.

He also noted she will help increase the college's endowment substantially over the next decade.

Crockett will begin working on campus on June 1, using the opportunity to work with Lynn Jackson, the college's current vice president of advancement, who will retire on June 30.

"The college retained a leading executive search firm, Witt Kieffer, to assist Augustana in identifying and attracting top talent for this key position," said David English, Augustana's chief financial officer and leader of the campus search process. "Julie was selected from a nationwide pool of competitive applicants, and we're very pleased with both the search and her decision."

Crockett describes herself as feeling honored by the appointment, adding "I look forward to working with President Bahls, trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to expand the base of philanthropic support to support the college's mission and strategic vision.

"My husband Kevin and I are very excited about making our home in the Quad Cities and we look forward to becoming part of the community."

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu