Holland Named Vice President for University Advancement


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Willam Holland


June 24, 2009 – William Holland, interim executive director of development and director-corporate relations with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, has been named vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

His appointment is effective July 15. He will replace Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, who has been serving as interim vice president of University Advancement since last fall when Wayne Smith left the position to become vice president of development and administrative services at Saint Francis Medical Center.  Holland was selected from a nationwide pool of 58 applicants, with three finalists invited to campus for interviews.

During the past four years, Holland has been director of corporate relations/associate director of development-Harrison College of Business 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 have been especially focused in the St. Louis metropolitan area, where he was housed in the University’s St. Louis office in Chesterfield, Mo.

In his current position, Holland developed an executive forum series in which key corporate leaders visit the Harrison College of Business to discuss key trends within their respective industries. He has developed key relationships with donors and alumni in the greater St. Louis area.  Holland has served as a member of the University’s Integrated Marketing Committee and was the primary point of contact for the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in the St. Louis area. He also developed and enhanced the University’s Corporate Planning Committee, an alumni group comprised of major company executives in the St. Louis area, which creates opportunities for the University in the areas of branding, student internships, career services, alumni relations and resource development.

Over the past eight months during the Advancement Division’s transition, Holland has also been serving as interim executive director of development, and has split his time between Southeast’s St. Louis Outreach Office and the Cape Girardeau campus.

“I am very pleased that Bill will be our next vice president for University Advancement,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “He knows our University, our region and our many alumni.  His knowledge of fundraising and marketing and the many relationships he has already established will be invaluable to him as he transitions to the vice president position.  We all look forward to his leadership.”

In his new role, Holland will be a member of the President’s executive leadership team and will work closely with the Board of Directors of the University Foundation. He also will be responsible for providing vision, strategic leadership and daily management for the University’s Advancement Division. Primary to this will be leading the Advancement team which is responsible for designing and implementing the University’s strategic marketing plan; researching, designing, cultivating, coordinating, and executing all development programs such as major gifts, corporate/foundation gifts, annual telefund campaign, alumni gifts, and planned giving; cultivating alumni relationships and providing alumni services; and performing external relations functions including publications, media relations, video services, and Web management.

The Southeast Missouri University Foundation was established in 1983 to obtain resources to support and enhance the programs and services provided by the University.  The Foundation receives, manages, invests and distributes funds raised from private sources.

“Over the last four years, I have developed a true love and passion for the University,” Holland said. “I am very honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to help lead an effort for which I have a deep respect. My wife Angela and I look forward to becoming a part of the fabric of the University and the community at large.”

Holland, whose grandmother and sister are both graduates of Southeast Missouri State University, 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 Missouri State University. He has attended professional development classes through the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 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, 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 Management Association and currently serves on the Tax Increment Financing Commission for the City of Sunset Hills, Mo. He is a former member of the Alumni Development Committee for DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis. He is also a former member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Management Association of St. Louis.