School gears for change

By Todd Cohen

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — As it works to clean up administrative problems, Fayetteville State University is retooling its fundraising operations.

T. J. Bryan, who in June was named chancellor of the historically black school, is reorganizing the fundraising office and searching for a new vice chancellor for institutional advancement.

The new vice chancellor will face the immediate task of filling key jobs and carrying out plans developed with support from the University of North Carolina system.

To boost fundraising at FSU and six other small schools in the 16-campus UNC system, UNC’s Office of the President three years ago hired consultants to assess the schools’ fundraising operations, and to recommend improvements.

UNC also gave the schools money to strengthen fundraising operations, including the creation of new positions.

FSU received $240,000 for four new positions, and another $33,000 for operations.

Those new jobs remain empty, however, and are not likely to be filled until Bryan fills the top job, replacing Denise Wyatt, who in August stepped down as vice chancellor for university relations and development to pursue other interests, says Lauren Wike, acting associate vice chancellor for university relations.

Empty jobs funded by UNC include director of development, coordinator of planned giving, director of special events and a part-time gift accountant.

And the school’s assistant vice chancellor for development is taking a medical leave.

In its fiscal year ended June 30, 2002, FSU raised $882,000 in private support, down from $1.6 million a year earlier, says J.B. Milliken, senior vice president for university affairs for the UNC system.

Among schools considered FSU’s “peers” that provided data, annual private support last year ranged from $921,000 to more than $2.5 million.

“I certainly hope we are able, once they are running on all cylinders, to increase the absolute number of the annual fundraising,” Milliken says, adding that the school “is on the right track in terms of recruiting people to professionalize their fundraising operation and to build their capacity to raise money.”

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