Date: November 7, 2007
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, November 7, 2007 – President Elaine P. Maimon announced today that Joan Vaughan, a Governors State University alumna, has been appointed Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Chief Executive Officer of the Governors State University Foundation effective January 7, 2008.
Vaughan will be responsible for fund raising, alumni relations, and building relationships with businesses, corporate supporters, and foundations. She will design and implement annual giving programs that will support GSU initiatives such as the GSU Promise, a program guaranteeing a debt-free bachelor’s degree education from GSU for community college graduates from low-income families. She will also help develop the university’s relationship with its alumni through expanded outreach programs, activities, and community events.
Prior to joining Governors State, Vaughan served as Principal Gift Officer of the Mayo Foundation. Previous development assignments included positions at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Administration; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation; and the Illinois Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America.
“I am delighted to welcome Joan Vaughn back to the south suburbs. We are fortunate to have someone with Ms. Vaughan’s experience, knowledge of Chicagoland, and understanding of GSU’s mission to lead our Advancement Office,” said Dr. Elaine P. Maimon, President of Governors State University. “We have some important initiatives planned, and we welcome her expertise and leadership.”
Vaughan earned her bachelor’s degree at St. Xavier University in Chicago and her master’s degree at Governors State.
She succeeds Dr. William Nowlin, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, who has served as Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement and CEO of the GSU Foundation. Dr. Nowlin will return to his leadership role as Dean in the College of Business and Public Administration, direct the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, and cooperate with other GSU colleges to develop an interdisciplinary doctorate in leadership.
“Both as interim vice president and in his capacity as chair of the presidential installation committee, Bill has provided outstanding leadership over the last few months. With Bill at the helm of Advancement, we exceeded our goal for the GSU Promise, raising $102,000 in three months. As chair of the installation committee, Bill motivated a group of sixty people to work as one. During these first months of my presidency, Bill has been the consummate GSU citizen. I know that his colleagues in the College of Business and Public Administration are looking forward to his return to full-time leadership,” said Maimon.