Paula Lee Hobson

Vice President for University Advancement

MSC #50
Phone: (800) 772-2620 or (603) 535-2589
Fax: (603) 535-2699
University Advancement is located in Speare Administration Building and Holmes House

Reports: Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Marketing Communications and Creative Services

Professional Information

Paula Lee Hobson joined Plymouth State University as the Vice President for University Advancement in the summer of 2014 after more than 28 years of experience in development and marketing, including 16 years of experience in Institutional Advancement and Development in higher education. Under her leadership as the Chief Advancement Officer for the largest community college in Northern Nevada, the College reached 98% of its $25 million Major Gifts Campaign goal. Prior to TMCC, she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for HSI Geotrans, a private hydrogeologic and engineering consulting firm that had office locations across the Western Hemisphere. Ms. Hobson also served in development and marketing leadership roles for Hydro-Search, Kleinfelder, The Mark Group and JMA Architects and Engineers in Nevada

Her advancement management expertise covers major gifts, capital campaign leadership, annual fund, alumni relations, events, communication, marketing, public relations, graphic design, photography, videography and social media. As vice president for university advancement, she will bring her capital campaign and major gifts experience together geared toward increasing donor and alumni engagement in and financial support of Plymouth State University. Paula Lee is responsible for the University Advancement division, including advancement communications, advancement services, alumni relations, annual fund, and major gifts.

A first-generation college graduate, Paula Lee knows the transformational impact of higher education on students. Paula Lee grew up in the small town of Coquille, Ore., earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Nevada Reno. She is a professional member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  She has been active in community outreach in Nevada and plans to continue that involvement in her new community. “Plymouth State University has limitless advancement opportunities to serve the community and New England,” Hobson said. “I am thrilled to join the solid advancement team at Plymouth State who has alumni and supporters engaged in the future of the University,” she said.

Paula Lee enjoys gardening and outdoor sports. She lives in Center Harbor with her twin children and husband, Paul Hackenberry, who is a hydrogeologic professional.

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