Sally Holland named PSU’s Vice President for University Advancement

August 2nd, 2011 by Adam

Plymouth State University has selected an extraordinary leader as vice president for university advancement.
Sally C. Holland will lead the University’s efforts to build resources and engage communities for continued support of University programs to strengthen PSU’s future and ability to serve students and the region.

Sally Holland
Sally Holland named Vice President for Advancement at Plymouth State University

“She has a deep and extensive knowledge of philanthropy that will serve the University well as we move forward,” said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. “Everyone who knows her recognizes her commitment to excellence, community, and collaboration, and colleagues speak of her strong relationships and her dedication to education.”

One of the many aspects of PSU that excited Holland is President Steen’s vision for the University and her commitment to student financial aid and support of the faculty and staff.

“I believe in the power of higher education to transform lives and the role of public higher education in serving students and communities,” Holland said.

A native New Englander and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Holland is also eager to return to New Hampshire.

Most recently the senior director of development for colleges and programs at the University of Delaware, Holland has served schools, colleges and universities across New England. She also has served as independent fundraising counsel for numerous clients, providing advice to presidents and advancement leaders on fundraising planning and on board and constituency development.
Holland arrives at a critical moment in Plymouth State University’s history. “I am excited about initiatives such as the ALLWell Center and the Museum of the White Mountains,” she says, referring to the University’s campaign to support the planned Active Living, Learning and Wellness Center (“ALLWell”) and plans to create a Museum of the White Mountains.

“Both ALLWell and the Museum of the White Mountains will allow PSU to make wonderful contributions to teaching, scholarship and the region,” said Steen. “We look forward to Sally’s leadership in making the campus’s plans into reality.”

Holland began her duties August 1.

At the University of Delaware, Holland was responsible for directing major and principal gifts for the university’s seven colleges. During her time, fundraising for the colleges doubled to $26 million. She also managed a campaign to support an Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory and secured numerous other gifts and pledges, including a $500,000 scholarship endowment.
Holland previously served as vice president for college advancement at Middlebury (Vt.) College, in several development and fundraising positions, including director of development, at Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.), as development director at the Williston Northampton School (Easthampton, Mass.) and at Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon School, and with the University of New Hampshire. In each position, she has provided key leadership to engage campus communities and constituents to support institutional goals and to help make education more accessible to students.

She began her career on the University of New Hampshire’s campaign staff, where she was responsible for regional campaigns in Massachusetts and California. She also served UNH as interim director for the corporate and foundation program and as coordinator for of the leadership gifts program for individuals, foundations and corporations. Later, she helped both the Northfield Mount Hermon School and the Williston Northampton School exceed their capital campaign goals.

While she was director of development at Williams College, Williams raised more than $160 million in current and planned gifts. Holland also led the college’s capital giving program, which included major gifts, the alumni 25th and 50th year reunion programs, donor relations, research and other activities.

At Middlebury College, Holland led efforts to redesign all fundraising programs from individuals and family foundations, leading to increased gifts to support current college needs as well as increase the college’s endowments. With Middlebury’s President, Holland helped secure a $50 million gift, at that time the largest gift ever given to a New England liberal arts college. She also significantly increased pledges, re-energized the annual fund, and strengthened the overall advancement and outreach program.

Holland is a former board member of the Planned Giving Group of New England and is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She has presented seminars on major gifts and gift planning for CASE and other organizations.