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Dr. Bryan Rowland is Longwood’s new vice president for university advancement

May 13, 2011

Dr. Bryan K. Rowland

Dr. Bryan K. Rowland, who has been a vice president for advancement at two universities, is Longwood University's new vice president for university advancement.

Rowland, expected to start July 1, has been a vice president at Wright State University and the University of Arizona. He also served as director of development of two colleges at Virginia Tech, where he worked for nine years and earned his doctorate.

"Longwood is fortunate to have a person with Bryan's background, experience, and leadership abilities to take a strong department to the next level," said Longwood President Patrick Finnegan, who announced the hiring May 11. "His expertise and proven team-building skills will be vital in moving forward in the increasingly important area of private fundraising, coordinated with other methods of highlighting and advancing the university."

Rowland was vice president for advancement at Wright State University (WSU), in Dayton, Ohio, and president of the WSU Foundation from October 2008 until September 2010. His responsibilities included oversight of alumni relations, communications and marketing, development, and foundation administration. The WSU Foundation has an asset base of more than $100 million. Rowland was special assistant to the provost at Wright State from October 2010 to December 2010.

Rowland held several development positions at the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2008, including vice president for development for Arizona Health Sciences with the University of Arizona Foundation. In that position, he managed a development program that raised more than $35 million annually for four colleges and five medical research centers. He also served as senior director of development and alumni relations for that university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Prior to that, he worked at Virginia Tech from 1993 to 2002. He was director of development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences his last two years and also was director of development for the College of Natural Resources for two years.

Rowland has a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. He is a native of Christopher, Ill., in southern Illinois about 90 miles southeast of St. Louis. He and his wife, Stephanie, an attorney, have a 12-year-old son, Jacob. Stephanie Rowland's family is from Suffolk, Va.

"Longwood is a great university with a very rich history, and I look forward to helping Longwood tell its wonderful story and further engage its alumni and students," Rowland said. "I'm a first-generation college student, and I'm excited about this chance to help others gain access to the opportunities that have been afforded me by my experiences with high-quality institutions like Longwood. I'm excited to work with our faculty, staff, university leadership and alumni to grow and support Longwood. I would describe myself as a relationship-builder. I like to connect alumni and friends with their university."

Franklin Grant, associate vice president for university advancement and director of planned and major gifts, was named interim vice president for university advancement on Sept. 20, 2010 following the resignation of K. Craig Rogers.

President Finnegan expressed his "heartfelt thanks to Franklin Grant, not only for his decades of success as Longwood's primary fundraiser, but for his willingness to step up as the interim vice president for university advancement and his dedicated service in that position for eight months. I do not know anyone who is more committed to the goals and values of Longwood University, and I am delighted that Franklin will continue to be fully engaged in our capital campaign and other essential private fundraising efforts, where he has led the way for so many years."

The search committee for the position of vice president of university advancement was chaired by Dr. Paul Barrett, dean of the College of Business & Economics. Other members were Troy Austin, director of athletics; Hazel Duncan, chief financial officer of the Longwood Foundation; Dr. Jackie Hall, associate professor of mathematics; and Karen Schinabeck, director of financial aid.