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04-01-2004

Clarkson Names Director Of Major Gifts And Gift Planning

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Clarkson University has announced that William F. Mitchell has been appointed director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning, effective June 1. Mitchell currently serves as the director of major gifts at the Boston University School of Medicine. William F. Mitchell

Will Mitchell is an experienced fund-raising professional with a proven track record of working successfully with donors funding research and technically driven initiatives, said Peter A. Beekman, director of Development at Clarkson. "Boston University is in the quiet phase of a $1 billion campaign and Will Mitchell has played a key role in the School of Medicine's efforts to secure support toward their goal of $300 million. His addition to our staff enhances our fund-raising team significantly."

Clarkson impresses me as a successful institution poised to reach even higher levels of achievement, and I'm excited about the opportunity to play a part in that success by assuming a role on the development team, said Mitchell. "I look forward to strengthening and growing the University's major gifts and planned giving program, allowing Clarkson to reach new levels of fund-raising success and achieve important academic, research, and programmatic goals."

Prior to working at the Boston University School of Medicine, Mitchell was the associate director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. While at Dana Farber, he led the corporate and foundation effort for the Departments of Genitourinary Oncology, Gastrointestinal Oncology, and Thoracic Oncology and led fund-raising efforts culminating in six-figure research grants.

Mitchell's professional experience also includes a position as director of Development for Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) Foundation in Washington, where he led the fund-raising effort for the largest campaign in the foundation's history, raising over $11 million from foundations, individuals, and corporations.

Mitchell holds a master's degree in business administration from Emory University and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Davidson College. Mitchell, his wife, Kathy, and their four children will reside in Potsdam.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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