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No Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts Yet?

There is one particularly striking aspect about the extended list of open slots in the forever-gearing-up-for-the-capital-campaign Advancement office: the job of Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts is still unfilled:

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In fact, according to the Isaccson, Miller website job profile, the position has been open since April, 2016:

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As the above description makes clear, the Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts position is a critical one in any fundraising effort. This person is in charge of landing the particularly big gifts, the ones donated during the quiet phase of a capital campaign. But it takes time to reel them in; someone new to the job would have to begin a longterm effort at relationship-building — and that process would take place among wealthy alumni who saw their previous contact person depart last year. Best of luck.

For such a vital — and much coveted — position to be open for well over a year speaks volumes about how difficult it is to be employed by Bob Lasher ‘88. It seems that Bob considers that he wears two hats: the manager-in-chief of Advancement, of course, but also that of the head fundraiser. And he has a reputation of being chary of sharing credit for the gifts that do come in. Did he not ever learn in the sandbox that if you want the other kids to play with you, you have to share.

Phil Hanlon has done a marvellous job of putting together an almost entirely dysfunctional management team. He has chosen people so weak that competent professionals in the real world do not want to work with them.


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