URBANA — The University of Illinois has hired its top fundraiser for the campus.
Chancellor Phyllis Wise announced Friday the campus had hired Dan Peterson as its vice chancellor for institutional advancement. The senior administrator works with the UI Foundation, the university's private fundraising arm, and the UI Alumni Association to build "enduring relationships with all constituents and generating diverse resources to support the university's core missions of learning, discovery and engagement," according to a UI release.
Peterson also will be a senior vice president of the UI Foundation. His first day is Dec. 1. He replaces James Schroeder, who retired earlier this year.
Peterson comes to Urbana from the Oregon State University Foundation where he has been the vice president for principal gifts. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington State University Foundation.
Wise said Peterson's institutional experience is critical to the UI "in light of an era when the nature of higher-education funding is rapidly changing."
"This is a critical time for the university as we move away from the traditional tax-supported funding model and explore new avenues to support our core educational missions," she said.
Peterson is a 1982 graduate of Washington State University and earned his law degree from Seattle University.