Feb. 19, 2004
CUA Names Vice President for University Development
The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, today announced the appointment of Robert M. Sullivan as vice president for university development, effective May 1, 2004.
“This is a wonderful appointment,” said Father O’Connell. “Bob Sullivan comes to us with 23 years of experience in educational fundraising. Past presidents, trustees, colleagues and staff with whom he has worked provided outstanding recommendations to me. It is my hope that his experience and talents will take CUA to new heights in attracting support for the university.”
Vice president for institutional advancement at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine since 1997, Sullivan brings to CUA an impressive record in university development, Father O’Connell said. Sullivan is credited with building successful development programs at Saint Joseph’s and at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire where he served as director of development from 1991 to 1997, Father O’Connell added.
Sullivan, who earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University, said, “It is clear to me from my conversations with Father O'Connell and other members of the university community that this is both an exciting and challenging time to be at CUA. I look forward to contributing my skills to this abundantly talented community, and to sharing in that excitement and challenge.”
The new CUA vice president earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature at Saint Anselm College.
In announcing the appointment, Father O’Connell also thanked Paul Brooks, director of university development at CUA, for “guiding the university’s development activities during the nine past months.
“Paul’s steady hand and positive, energetic leadership — especially in developing strong advisory boards in two of our schools and in athletics — have enabled CUA to move forward in its fundraising work at a critical juncture,” Father O’Connell said. “I am sure that the entire university community will join me in expressing our appreciation to him and his staff for their patience and hard work.”
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