Posted: March 22, 2004

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Fund raising for system and its 32 institutions to be executive director's chief task

Faced with a funding squeeze resulting from rising enrollments and less state support, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is expanding its fund-raising efforts by appointing a new executive director, Catherine McGlinch, for the system's foundation.

McGlinch, 36, will spearhead efforts to increase funds from private sources on behalf of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation and the 32 state universities and community and technical colleges. System Chancellor James H. McCormick today announced her appointment, effective April 5.

She is executive director of leadership giving at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., a position she has held since 2000.

"Clearly, public colleges and universities in Minnesota and across the nation need to turn increasingly to private support for maintaining quality and access in the face of shrinking state appropriations," said Chancellor McCormick, who appointed McGlinch.

"Catherine McGlinch will be an outstanding executive director for the foundation," McCormick said. "She has excellent experience in strategic planning and management of college fund raising."

McGlinch's previous experience includes positions as associate director of individual giving at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management from 1996 to 1999 and fund development associate at Gillette Children's Hospital Foundation in St. Paul from 1992 to 1996. She holds a bachelor's degree in Russian area studies from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and a master's degree in public administration from Hamline University in St. Paul.

"We are pleased to find someone with her credentials and track record of success, because the Board of Trustees recognizes the growing importance of raising more money to serve our students," said Trustee Cheryl Dickson, chair of the system Board of Trustees Advancement Committee.

Lee Hanson, chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation, said the foundation has been laying the groundwork to expand its role as a major external fund raising entity both within the state and nationally.

"As a board, we're looking forward to Catherine's leadership in helping us reach our goals," Hanson said. "We are well aware of the importance of finding additional funds to support both the students and colleges within our system if we are to meet Minnesota's needs for strong leaders through a well-educated workforce."