UNH Names New President of
the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc.
Wendy Scott Keeney arrives mid-September
Contact: Kim Billings
UNH Media Relations
Aug. 7, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire President Ann Weaver
Hart and Roger Thomas, chairman of the UNH Foundation Board of Directors,
announced today the appointment of Wendy Scott Keeney as president
of the UNH Foundation. Prior to joining UNH, Keeney was executive
director for development, East Coast region, for the University
of Michigan. She begins at UNH in mid-September.
Wendy Scott Keeney
"Wendy Keeney brings strong and energetic leadership to this
important position," Hart said. "In addition to her years
of experience in fundraising for a large public research university,
she has planned and directed comprehensive major gift and personal
solicitation programs. She also has a rich and varied background
in and out of academe, with a global perspective in her work and
“Wendy Keeney has the talents and experience that we were
looking for in a new president,” Thomas said. “I have
confidence that the leader we have chosen will carry the UNH Foundation
forward to greater fund raising success on behalf of the university.”
Keeney also served as assistant dean of development and external
relations for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, at
the University of Michigan. "UNH, already a fine institution,
is on the brink of tremendous growth and change," Keeney said.
"I'm thrilled by this opportunity and ready for the challenge
of taking a unique institution to the next level of success in philanthropy."
During her tenure at the University of Michigan, Keeney established
the East Coast regional office where she coordinated all university
fundraising programs in the eastern United States at the major gift
level, and managed a portfolio of principal gift donors. She increased
giving in the New York City Tri-state area after Sept. 11, 2001,
and closed the largest gift ever given to the University of Michigan
-- also the largest gift given in the United States to any business
school. Keeney was closely involved with Michigan’s first
major fundraising campaign in the 1990s, with a goal of $850 million.
By the campaign’s conclusion, $1.34 billion had been raised.
Diana D. Koski, vice president and director of planned giving, served
as interim leader of the UNH Foundation while the nationwide search
for a president was underway.