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The Power of Enthusiasm
7/15/2013

Dear Alumni,

Enthusiasm is contagious!  Through the LEAD Plan 2018, General Rosa and the Board of Visitors have articulated a bold strategic vision that promises a bright future for the college, complete with the steps required to reach each goal and the accountability to measure our progress.

The ambitious end state of this six-year plan is to advance The Citadel as the foremost institution in the nation for the education and development of principled leaders.  Already, we are off to a great start.

For the past six months, we have been traveling as a team to launch the LEAD Plan at Citadel club events in regions of high alumni concentration.  How exciting it has been to witness such strong coordination and collaboration among the administration, the Board of Visitors, The Citadel Foundation, the Alumni Association, and the Brigadier Foundation. 

The strategic planning process, as led by our new Board of Visitors Chairman, General Mike Steele, ’67, has brought together a multifaceted approach to dialogue and action among constituencies across the campus to identify and fund critical college needs.

Thanks to the comprehensive support of our provost, Brigadier General Sam Hines, and associate provost for planning, assessment, and evaluation, Lieutenant Colonel Tara McNealy, in determining the proper allocation of resources, every action we take is now sharply focused to serve an immediate funding priority that advances the college toward its long-term goal.

As we move forward in fulfilling General Rosa’s vision for The Citadel, we will be calling on all of our constituents.  So far, the corporations and foundations we have approached clearly recognize the importance of this vision, not only to the future of the college, but to that of the community and the region as well.

In the few short months we’ve been on the road to launch the strategic plan, we have already been impressed to see many of our alumni step forward with excitement and enthusiasm to accept the challenges laid out in the LEAD Plan.  In this spirit, we encourage you to consider how you can play a role in supporting this ambitious vision for the future of your alma mater.
Now more than ever, it’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Sincerely,

Jay Dowd
Chief Executive Officer, The Citadel Foundation
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, The Citadel

An Exciting Time for The Citadel: Launching our Strategic Plan
3/15/2013

Dear Alumni,

It is a pleasure and privilege to correspond with you as the recently appointed CEO of The Citadel Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement for The Citadel.

As a South Carolina native with a career in higher education, I have always held The Citadel in high regard, and I’ve enjoyed long-standing professional and personal friendships with numerous alumni, including family members.  In just a few short weeks on the job, my family has been welcomed so cordially into The Citadel family. My wife, Kim, and I look forward to getting to know you individually as we travel to alumni club events with General and Mrs. Rosa.

This is an exciting time for The Citadel.  For the second year running, the college has been named the top public college in the South, thanks in large measure to our strong alumni participation.  Right now, we are in the midst of launching the LEAD Plan 2018, the six-year strategic plan that will advance The Citadel as the foremost institution in the nation for the education and development of principled leaders.

Achieving the ambitious goals of the LEAD Plan will require strong effort on the part of the college’s administration, faculty, and staff, as well as the steadfast support of our alumni and friends.  The set of strategic initiatives the college has identified will require significant additional investments in the college over the next several years to reach the desired end-state.   

 The needs are great, but our team is strong.  In fact, I arrived at The Citadel Foundation just in time to celebrate our most successful fundraising year in the college’s history.  In 2012, the Foundation exceeded its $26 million goal by raising more than $30 million in cash, pledges, and planned gifts.  Thanks to your generosity, we are well equipped to meet the challenges associated with providing for the strategic growth of The Citadel.

I look forward to an opportunity to introduce myself in person, and I encourage you to drop by my office in the Holliday Alumni Center next time you visit campus.  Please feel free to contact me anytime at 843.953.7550 or jay.dowd@citadel.edu.  It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Sincerely,
Jay Dowd

Chief Executive Officer, The Citadel Foundation
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, The Citadel

The Citadel Foundation welcomes Jay Dowd as new CEO
1/4/2013

Jay Dowd, chief fundraiser for Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., will become The Citadel's next vice president of institutional advancement and chief executive officer of The Citadel Foundation.

Dowd, 45, has 20 years of experience in higher education fundraising, institutional advancement and executive leadership. He currently serves as Francis Marion's vice president for development and as executive director at the Francis Marion University Education Foundation. A member of the senior staff, he serves as the university's principal development officer, oversees the operations of the development office, alumni office and the university's foundation and led the creation of the Rural Leadership Institute, which fosters community leadership development in rural areas of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

The Citadel Board of Visitors and The Citadel Foundation Board of Director's Executive Committee approved his hiring on Friday.

As CEO of The Citadel Foundation and the college's chief advancement officer, Dowd, in coordination with the president, BOV and the TCF board, will develop and implement a wide-reaching fundraising program for current and future funding needs of the college. In conjunction with the foundation staff, Dowd will work to ensure a coordinated approach to institutional advancement, supporting the college's strategic priorities.

"Jay brings to The Citadel outstanding professional experience in fundraising for colleges and universities," said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. "As chief development officer, Jay's talents will be crucial to propelling The Citadel to national recognition for the education and development of principled leaders."

Dowd is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., where he earned a BA in history. He received his master's in education (student personnel services) from the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education administration from USC.

Prior to his position at Francis Marion, Dowd worked in advancement and university fundraising at Columbia (S.C.) College, Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (N.C.), and Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. Active in the community, he serves in various leadership roles with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area and the Florence Family YMCA. Dowd is also active in the Florence Kiwanis, Central United Methodist Church, as a youth little league baseball coach and with the United Way of Florence County. In 2010, he received the Winthrop University Alumni Professional Achievement Award from Winthrop University.

"My wife Kim and I look forward to becoming active and engaged members of both The Citadel and Charleston communities," Dowd said. "It is an honor to have the confidence of General Rosa, the search committee, along with the board of The Citadel Foundation and college's Board of Visitors as we collectively move forward with advancing the college's strategic initiatives. It is truly an exciting time to join The Citadel and I am eager to begin working with the foundation staff, alumni, and other constituencies to build upon the strong traditions and past successes."

Dowd will start work at The Citadel Feb. 4.

Source:  http://www.citadel.edu/root/tcf-ceo-jaydowd

 

Jay Dowd

The Citadel Foundation is pleased to welcome Jay Dowd as Chief Executive Officer in February 2013.  Jay has 20 years of experience in higher education fundraising, institutional advancement, and executive leadership. Prior to joining the Foundation team, he served as Francis Marion's vice president for development and as executive director at the Francis Marion University Education Foundation.

As CEO of The Citadel Foundation and the college's chief advancement officer, Jay, in coordination with the president, Board of Visitors, and the TCF Board of Directors, is charged with developing and implementing a wide-reaching fundraising program for current and future funding needs of the college.

In conjunction with the foundation staff, Jay works to ensure a coordinated approach to institutional advancement, supporting the college's strategic priorities.

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