Trinity Western University appoints new vice-president of development

Newly appointed VP has seen exponential growth in support for the University

Langley, British Columbia—Neil Snider, PhD, president of Trinity Western University, is pleased to announce that Doris Olafsen has been named vice president of development, the department providing leadership for all University fundraising efforts. Her list of accomplishments, proven leadership skill, and ability to partner with individuals, organizations, and the corporate community makes the move a natural step for the University.

In 1998, Olafsen became the interim director of development for the University, heading up what became a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign.

“Our mandate at that point was to raise 1.1 million dollars,” says Olafsen. “Within 6 months, that mandate had been increased by our board of governors and our senior administrators to 5.8 million. It was an aggressive goal, but new and continuing supporters from the Lower Mainland, across Canada and the US caught the vision of the University and helped make it possible.”

Olafsen led the team to raise 11.2 million—nearly doubling the goal in the time assigned to the campaign. Olafsen worked to develop the skills and abilities of those on her team, and in response, her team mirrored the commitment and solution-oriented thinking Olafsen displays. “They rose to the challenge,” she says. “And results that they didn't think were possible became part of the outcome, results like the exponential growth of support from the corporate community.”

During the campaign, Olafsen was named executive director of development. “There were several mentors and leaders here who challenged me to rise to my highest capability,” says Olafsen. “The University's president and senior administrators believed in our team. They were right there alongside me, supporting my leadership and modeling true leadership by teaming with the development department.”

Olafsen, who is working toward her Masters of Administrative Leadership, will lead the University into Trinity Western's largest campaign yet. “We are strategic thinkers and planners,” she says. “We have spent the last 39 years building, developing and growing, and are looking ahead to what we want to accomplish by the time the University reaches its 50th year. The University is preparing for major growth, and a major campaign.”

With the large mandate before her, Olafsen is prepared to meet the challenge. “I am passionate about the mission of developing leaders for the 21st century,” says Olafsen. “It is a mission I believe in, and I'm excited to bring others on board to see it fulfilled.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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