Holland Named Director of Corporate Relations/Development with Southeast Missouri University Foundation


Efforts will focus on building bridges with St. Louis Corporate Community

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Aug. 25, 2005 – William Holland of Sunset Hills, Mo., has been named director of corporate relations/associate director of development-Harrison College of Business with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Holland, who began his new duties Aug. 15, will be responsible for leading outreach efforts among the corporate community and Southeast alumni in the University’s service area for both Southeast Missouri State University and the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. His efforts will be especially focused on the St. Louis metropolitan area, said Wayne Smith, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Holland will report to Smith.

“Southeast is a regional treasure,” Holland said. “The opportunity to promote Southeast in the St. Louis regional market is a real privilege and honor.”

Holland will be housed at the University’s St. Louis Office, located in Suite 300 at 16020 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, Mo.

Holland, whose grandmother and sister are both graduates of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “Southeast is a driving force in Southeast Missouri. I want to continue to focus and expand that force in the St. Louis area. I’ll be working to deepen the relationships between St. Louis and Southeast, and to create a dynamic synergy between the two areas.”

Holland will focus his efforts on building bridges with various constituencies in the St. Louis area, particularly middle-tiered businesses, along with fund-raising. He said he hopes to convey the strengths and values of Southeast’s students to key business people in the St. Louis market.

Creating “value propositions” with various constituencies will be the hallmark of his work as Holland continues to lay the foundation for an expanded Southeast presence among the corporate community in St. Louis, he said.

Holland will plan, promote and evaluate a comprehensive corporate relations strategy for the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. He will look to identify opportunities to connect corporations with departments and programs of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, including philanthropy, personnel resources, equipment donations, and infrastructure development and support. His work also will focus on establishing a prospect pool, including corporations operating in the University’s service area, alumni executives, strategic partners and corporate foundations.

Holland will lead a corporate advisory council to assist in the development and execution of corporate outreach goals, and will represent the University at regional events. He will work to broaden relationships with alumni of Southeast’s Harrison College of Business who are living in the St. Louis area.

Holland says he will promote planned giving and assist in grant procurement. He also will serve as the Harrison College of Business liaison to the Southeast Alumni Association, and will work to enhance relationships between St. Louis alumni and the College of Business. He also will assist in promoting and planning alumni activities in the St. Louis area.

Holland has extensive corporate experience in the St. Louis metropolitan area with expertise in human resources management, marketing and strategic planning, regulatory affairs, sales and business development, national marketing, product development, product management and operations management.

Holland previously served as vice president of human resources with John Volpi & Company, a specialty meat company in St. Louis, where he was employed as director of marketing and sales for six years. He was employed by SBC for 18 years, including director of sales and marketing from 1991 to 1993. Throughout his tenure with SBC, he had increasing responsibilities for marketing, strategic planning, product development and operations management.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in management from Southwest Missouri State University. He has attended graduate classes and seminars on human resources executive development, marketing strategy, marketing planning, applied statistics and market segmentation by the American Management Association, the Wharton School of Business, Washington University-St. Louis, Yale University, City College of New York and the University of Illinois.

He has won Fancy Food magazine’s “Golden Apple” award for outstanding package design, was a candidate for Who’s Who of Global Business Leaders, and co-chaired the Yellow Pages Publisher Association New Product Development Task Force. He is a two-time nominee of the Hudnall Award presented by the National Yellow Pages Agency Association that recognizes leadership contributions to the Yellow Pages industry. He has been recognized by AT&T as the outstanding Data Products Manager. He also received Southwestern Bell Technology Resources President’s Cabinet Award.

Holland has been a member of the Human Resources Executive Roundtable of AAIM and currently serves on the Tax Increment Financing Commission for the City of Sunset Hills. He is a former member of the Alumni Development Committee for DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis and of the School Board of St. Catherine Laboure Church, where he also served as finance chair for three years. He has been a chair member of Vision 2000 Capital Campaign Committee for St. Catherine Laboure Church and has served as a board member of the Father’s Club of St. Louis University High School.