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USFSP names new vice chancellor for advancement

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Deborah Read will take over as Vice Chancellor for Advancement at USF St. Petersburg, the university announced Friday.

Read was appointed by USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska and joins the school from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she worked as vice president for university advancement and CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation.

“Deborah brings extensive experience to her role, having served as a major gifts officer for nearly 20 years at public and private research universities, regional universities, and a private liberal arts college,” Wisniewska said. “I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to develop our own culture of philanthropy.”

Read earned her bachelor’s degree in government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has also completed graduate coursework in education, policy, planning and administration.

“I am honored to be joining the University of South Florida St. Petersburg,” said Read. “As a vibrant institution with a strong commitment to excellence, as well as its students, faculty, staff, and its work in the greater St. Petersburg community—the mission of USFSP resonates with me.”

Before joining California Polytechnic State University, she was vice president for university advancement at the University of Dayton in Ohio, the University at Albany State University of New York, and Northern Kentucky University.

During her career, Read has successfully run fundraising campaigns in the $350 million to $500 million range. At USFSP she will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic agenda to advance USFSP’s mission and Vision 20/20 goals around sustainable funding.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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