University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders announced today that Dr. David Wolf is stepping down from his position as vice president for advancement and executive director of the USM Foundation. He will become executive director of planned and major gifts at the University of California, Los Angeles, in February.
Bob Pierce, director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, will serve as acting vice president for advancement.
“This is a career-defining opportunity for Dr. Wolf and I am happy for him. UCLA is a marquee university with myriad opportunities for his development expertise. I am glad they appreciate his abilities,” said Dr. Saunders.
A California native, Wolf came to Southern Miss in February 2008 after serving as assistant vice president for development at the University of Alabama.
“I appreciate my time at Southern Miss and the opportunity to make positive changes in advancement for the university, specifically through the Foundation. We accomplished a lot over two years, including improving donor stewardship and increasing fund raising results,” said Wolf.
Under his leadership the university launched the Centennial Scholarship campaign to raise $1 million, increased Annual Fund giving by 30 percent, and increased the amount of gifts and pledges by 176 percent in fiscal year 2008-09. He also oversaw receipt of the largest cash gift in university history last spring when an anonymous donor gave $6 million.
Wolf also established the university’s Office of Advancement, reorganizing the externally focused USM Foundation and Alumni Association under one umbrella.
Wolf earned his doctorate from the University of North Texas and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also is a 2006 graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program in the Graduate School of Education Institute for Higher Education.
He has served in a variety of university positions, including director of university leadership gifts and director of athletic development at Alabama; vice president for development at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., and director of university development at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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