Monday, January 14, 2013

Antioch names Crawford as Interim VP for Advancement

Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt yesterday announced the appointment of Reid W. Crawford as the College’s interim vice president for advancement, effective immediately.

Crawford assumes a position once held by Steve Sturman, who accepted a position at Valparaiso University in late December. Crawford will hold the post until the College hires a permanent replacement.

“Reid brings fund-raising and administrative insights that are vitally important for Antioch, particularly in this moment of transition,” Roosevelt said. “He’s worked with larger state universities, liberal arts colleges, and nonprofits of all sizes. His breadth of experience, as well as the passion he brings to his work, will ensure continued stability of our development and alumni programs until a permanent candidate is found."

Since 1999, Crawford has advised presidents and deans at the University of Mississippi, the University of Maryland–Baltimore, and University of Kentucky, College of Arts and Sciences, among others. His client list also included the Special Olympics National Games and the Iowa Historical Foundation.

He provided long-term administrative and leadership services at the University of Mississippi, where he led the development office for three years and conducted feasibility study for law building and endowment. At the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he advised the vice chancellor for health affairs on development matters, including all aspects of the fund-raising campaign, personnel matters, and donor strategies.

As the vice president for university advancement at the University of Maryland–College Park, a position he held from 1995 to 1999, Crawford created a comprehensive fund-raising campaign and increased fund-raising significantly. During a 14-year career at Iowa State University, he served as the interim vice president for external affairs and executive assistant to the president.

“I am excited to accept this new opportunity and challenge at one of the most storied liberal arts colleges in the country. I look forward to bringing my years of advancement leadership and experience to Antioch College,” Crawford said.

Crawford was elected to five two-year terms representing a district of 28,000 constituents in the Iowa House, serving from 1973 to 1981. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Iowa State University and a law degree from Drake University. As an attorney, he practiced primarily in the areas of contracts, probate and tax.

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