Margaret Pomfret Named Vice President of Development at Ashland University

Margaret Pomfret Named Vice President of Development at Ashland University

4/24/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Margaret Pomfret has been promoted to vice president of development and institutional advancement at Ashland University, effective June 1.

“We are very excited to announce the selection of Margaret Pomfret as the new vice president to lead our development efforts,” said Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks. “She has been an integral part of our development team now for more than 15 years and is recognized at AU as a personable leader who serves with passion and commitment for her alma mater.”

Finks noted that the development committee of the Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed Pomfret for the vice president position.

As vice president of development and institutional advancement, Pomfret will oversee the University’s fundraising efforts as well as the advancement areas including alumni, parents, grant records and campaigns.

“I'm beyond blessed to have the opportunity to join members of such a talented and visionary team at Ashland University,” Pomfret said. “The development and institutional advancement staff are committed to the deep rooted mission of educating and developing our students to become the next generation of leaders. I look forward to working with the many individuals who help make Ashland University a special place.”

The promotion is part of the University’s reorganization of the Office of Development, which has resulted in several new directors joining the University’s development and advancement team in the past few months.

A 1997 Ashland University graduate, Pomfret has served as interim vice president of development and institutional advancement since February of this year. Prior to that, she served as associate vice president of university campaigns and government relations from February of 2012 to February of 2013 and as associate vice president of institutional advancement and campaigns from March of 2011 to January of 2012.

She also served as executive director of development and campaigns from March of 2010 to February of 2011. Pomfret was director of alumni and parent relations from 2001 to 2010 and previously served as assistant director of alumni and as an admission representative for Ashland University.

In September of 2010, Pomfret was one of only 42 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program were mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. As a participant, Pomfret attended two seminars, one in the fall in Williamsburg, Va., and one in the spring in Washington, D.C. Pomfret participated in a mentoring program, experiential learning projects, and a series of readings and case studies.

She is involved in a number of leadership positions in the area, including executive board member of the Richland County Chamber of Commerce, campus adviser for Alpha Delta Pi and a member of the Allocations Committee for United Way.

Pomfret resides in Wooster with her husband, Tim, and their two children.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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