University of New England Names John Norton Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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As UNE’s chief development officer, Norton will lead UNE’s fundraising, alumni relations, major gifts, and planned giving efforts.

John Norton

I look forward to working with President Ripich to fulfill the university’s strategic vision and to achieve new levels of excellence at UNE.

The University of New England has named John Norton vice president for institutional advancement. As UNE’s chief development officer, Norton will lead UNE’s fundraising, alumni relations, major gifts, and planned giving efforts. He will join UNE on September 18.

UNE President Danielle Ripich states, “John has an outstanding record of senior leadership in higher education fundraising and campaign development. He joins an exceptional and highly motivated institutional advancement team – and at an ideal time. As we enter the second half of UNE’s “Vision 2017” strategic plan, John’s skills in donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, together with his proven leadership and team-building acumen, position UNE for continued success.”

In his advancement career, Norton has had direct responsibility for three successful comprehensive campaigns that collectively exceeded $900 million.

He most recently served as assistant vice president for advancement at Pomona College, where he created a major gifts program and helped lead and execute Pomona’s successful fundraising campaign. He also led a $500 million campaign at Lehigh University in 2004-2007, where he provided vision and oversight for the annual fund and planned giving programs.

Norton’s fundraising career began in Maine. He spent 12 years as a key member of Bowdoin College’s advancement team, culminating in his role as director of principal gifts, where he helped drive a $135 million campaign and plan a successful five-year $250 million campaign.

A graduate of Susquehanna University with a degree in English Literature, Norton holds a master’s degree in public relations from American University.

He and his wife Barbara have frequently vacationed in Maine and own a home in Brunswick. An active community volunteer, he has created and executed development campaigns for Hospice of Midcoast Maine, Brunswick’s historic First Parish Church, and chaired the development effort for the Curtis Memorial Library.

Norton says, “Barbara and I are very pleased to be joining the UNE team at this exciting time for the university. UNE is a strong educational and economic player in the region with a growing national reputation. I look forward to working with President Ripich to fulfill the university’s strategic vision and to achieve new levels of excellence at UNE.”

About University of New England

The University of New England is an innovative health sciences university grounded in the liberal arts. UNE has internationally recognized scholars in the liberal arts, sciences, health and medicine; offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs; and is home to Maine’s only medical school. Its two distinctive campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine offer student-centered interprofessional programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Westbrook College of Health Professions, and College of Graduate Studies. The College of Dental Medicine will enroll its inaugural class in 2013. For more information, visit http://www.une.edu.

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