UVM Foundation names Shane Jacobson new President/CEO

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Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:35pm -- Denise Sortor

Shane Jacobson, a highly-accomplished and experienced development and advancement executive, has been named president and CEO of the University of Vermont Foundation. Jacobson currently serves as the vice president for development and alumni relations at Grinnell College, which is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the nation. Under his leadership, Grinnell’s alumni giving rates have increased rapidly, fundraising production has experienced double-digit growth and – thanks to a strategic effort to build a much larger alumni volunteer base – alumni engagement has expanded and diversified.

For Jacobson, leading the University of Vermont Foundation represents a homecoming. As the organization’s first employee, hired eight months before the formal launch of the UVM Foundation in January of 2012, he led efforts to create the Foundation’s operational infrastructure. Jacobson was later appointed vice president for development, a position he served in until he left for Grinnell College in 2014.

“During the national search process, one candidate’s expertise guiding development and alumni operations clearly stood out,” said John Hilton, Jr., chairman of the UVM Foundation Board of Directors. “Fortunately, he also has a deep knowledge of the University of Vermont. On behalf of the entire Foundation board, I could not be happier to welcome Shane as the second president and CEO of the UVM Foundation.”

“I wholeheartedly endorse the UVM Foundation’s decision to bring Shane Jacobson back to the University of Vermont,” noted UVM President Tom Sullivan. “We have an excellent working relationship, and I’m confident that Shane and his team of professionals will successfully complete our Move Mountains capital campaign.”

Earlier in his career, Jacobson served in multiple leadership roles in development and alumni relations at his alma mater Iowa State University. He earned both his B.A. in Communications and a Master’s in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State. He also has completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. A golf enthusiast and avid community volunteer, Jacobson and his wife Lauren and their three children look forward to returning to Vermont.

Jacobson will start his new position as president and CEO on May 30, 2017, leading a team of more than 85 professionals. For the second year in a row, the UVM Foundation was selected as one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont,” one of only 24 small- to mid-size companies honored from across the state.

About The University of Vermont Foundation

The University of Vermont Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established to secure and manage private support for the benefit of the University of Vermont. The Foundation, with the University of Vermont, is currently engaged in a comprehensive campaign with four strategic priorities: financial access and scholarships for students, faculty research and support, student-centered programs, and long-term investments in the physical campus. Move Mountains: The Campaign for The University of Vermont seeks to raise $500 million in private support and assert UVM's position as one of the nation's best public research universities. For further information about giving to UVM, contact the University of Vermont Foundation, 411 Grasse Mount, Burlington VT 05401; 802-656-2010, www.uvmfoundation.org, email foundation@uvm.edu.