President Bendapudi appoints new vice president for University Advancement Friday, Jul 24 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi announced on July 22 that Jasmine Farrier has been appointed as the vice president for University Advancement. Farrier will begin in this new position on Aug. 1.

The vacant position was left by Bradley Shafer who announced that he would resign in order to move closer to his family.

“In looking to fill the position, I sought someone who would be authentic in telling the UofL story, who would build important relationships with all members of the Cardinal family, and who had established a proven record of delivering positive results,” Bendapudi said. “Dr. Farrier meets and surpasses all these criteria.”

Farrier is a political science graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Ph.D. in government from the Univesity of Texas at Austin. She has been a part of U of L’s political science faculty since 2002 and became chair of the department in 2018. She believes that her experience as political science chair will guide her in her new role.

“Being POLS chair showed me that our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters want the same thing – across partisan lines, generations, and geography — a vibrant community that knows how to collaborate for our beloved U of L,” Farrier said.

“Our alumni and community partners want to help all U of L students build their resumes as they earn degrees. That’s how we build social capital for every student regardless of background.”

The University Advancement Office is responsible for fundraising, marketing and alumni relations.

Farrier has experience working with alumni because of the Political Science Alumni Council, which she helped establish. “The Council worked to support current students internships in Washington, D.C. and these experiences will propel those students toward future employment opportunities,” she said.

Farrier’s vision for the university is a future where the university supports and nurtures its students who will in turn graduate and become successful alumni who will make it possible to recruit and support more students.

“I also want to help our University grow closer to all economic facets of the city, Commonwealth, and region. Across the US, economic development is often tied to University expansion and a well-educated/high-skilled population,” Farrier said.  “The University of Louisville plays an essential role in the economic success of the city, region and Commonwealth.”

Farrier looks forward to beginning this new position and expressed gratitude towards the university, “This university took a chance on me straight out of graduate school with just a promise of future success. I am motivated by this gratitude every day and eager for this expanded opportunity to give back.”

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Bradley Shafer steps down from University Advancement Vice President position Friday, Jul 24 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi announced that Vice President of Advancement Bradley Shafer will be stepping down from his position and leaving U of L on Aug. 1. Shafer is choosing to resign in order to move closer to family.

According to Bendapudi, Shafer rebuilt the University Advancement program during his two years in the vice president position. The office of University Advancement is responsible for making progress in the university through improving fundraising, donor and alumni relations, recruitment, and marketing.

“Some important changes include leading a two-year increase in fundraising dollars (reversing a three-year decrease), creating and implementing goals and metrics for development officers, creating a donor portal to ensure transparency and raising $129 million in FY 2019-20, 34 percent above goal,” Bendapudi said.

“I am tremendously pleased with the significant progress made in the Advancement Office during the last two years,” Shafer said. “Specifically, I am proud of the turn-around in absolute dollars committed, installing several processes/policies based on industry best-practices and creating measurable increases in donor engagement, board giving and signature fund-raising projects.”

Shafer became the interim vice president in July of 2018 and was placed in the position permanently in April of 2019.

“Personally, we look forward to being nearer to our families as I take the next step in my career,” Shafer said.

Bendapudi concluded the email announcement by wishing Shafer well and hinting that a replacement vice president of the advancement program will be decided in the coming weeks..

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