Welcome to our new Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Posted by ac652 at Aug 03, 2016 03:01 PM |
Bill Friar joins the University from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

We are delighted to welcome Bill Friar to the University as Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Bill has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, fundraising strategy, capital campaigns, alumni relations, higher-education communications and print and online journalism.

For the past four years, Bill was Head of Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Prior to this he spent two years at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Before moving to the UK from California, Bill was in charge of development communications for Stanford University’s Initiative on Human Health and its Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability, two key pillars of the most successful university fundraising campaign in US history. Earlier in his career he was Director of Development for the Hesperian Foundation, based in California and Mexico.

Bill says: “I am delighted to be joining the University of Leicester at this exciting time for the University and its city.

“With a new Strategic Plan in place, bold growth plans afoot and the University’s centenary fast approaching, the next few years will present us with a unique opportunity to showcase our world-class research and academic strengths.

“I am looking forward to working with staff, supporters and benefactors of the University, whom I know already enjoy a tremendous working relationship with the Development and Alumni Relations Office and have contributed massively to the University’s fundraising efforts during the past few years.”

Bill will lead the Development and Alumni Relations Office. Since 2008, the office has grown substantially and raised more than £27 million in philanthropic funds, most recently raising over £8 million towards the University’s new Centre for Medicine Building. With traditional sources of funding in decline, this generous support has allowed the University to continue to invest in the student experience, ground-breaking research, teaching excellence and the University estate.

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