Evans named VP for university advancement

For immediate release: May 22, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — An advancement professional with more than 11 years of experience at public and private institutions will become Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's vice president for university advancement, effective in late July.

Erik Evans, currently associate vice president for advancement at Juniata College, Huntingdon, will be responsible for all aspects of the advancement functions of the university, including development, alumni relations, communications and government relations and will work closely with the Bloomsburg University Foundation, according to BU President David L. Soltz.

In his four years at Juniata, Evans has overseen all aspects of development and alumni relations, including capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, prospect research, corporations, foundations, athletic fundraising, alumni relations and parent programming.

“Erik brings a wealth of fundraising experience, campaign management and leadership to Bloomsburg University,” Soltz said. “His leadership skills and passion and dedication for fundraising will help to shape the division. He will provide a strategic vision for advancement to secure a foundation for continued strong relationships with alumni and friends, while also developing new relationships for the university.”

Significant accomplishments under Evans’ leadership at Juniata include leading and collaborating with the advancement and marketing team to design “Changing Lives to Change the World,” a comprehensive fundraising initiative to increase the college’s endowment to $100 million and the annual fund to $1.3 million. The campaign is currently in the private phase. In addition, Evans developed and managed Juniata’s $4 million Founders Hall Campaign, which outperformed its original goal.

Prior to working at Juniata, Evans served as the executive director for alumni and development at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, for seven years. His primary responsibilities included leadership and oversight of the university’s capital campaign, major gifts, annual giving, athletic fundraising, alumni events and services and marketing of all alumni and development programs. At Lock Haven, Evans spearheaded the university’s largest comprehensive capital campaign, “Touching Tomorrow Today,” exceeding the $10 million goal. He also led the creation of the university’s $10 million Alumni Conference Center Campaign.

“I am excited for this opportunity to return to Bloomsburg and join President’s Soltz’s team,” said Evans, who earned a master’s degree in business education from BU. “I look forward to fostering meaningful and caring relationships with Bloomsburg constituents and fellow alumni and identifying giving opportunities that not only meet the needs of the institution, but also make a difference in the lives of donors and, ultimately, the students.”

Evans, who earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Lock Haven University, will assume his new duties at Bloomsburg on July 27.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.