Bierbauer, Dodenhoff to lead new university divisions
The University of South Carolina’s Advancement Division has been split into two new units: Communications, and Development and Alumni Relations.
Michelle Dodenhoff, who has served as interim vice president for Advancement, has been named vice president of Development and Alumni Relations. Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, has been named interim vice president for Communications, which includes the offices of Media Relations, Marketing and Web Communications, Printing Services and Publications. He will remain dean of the college.
Despite severe state budget cuts and the harsh recession, Dodenhoff led the university’s effort to raise a record $107.5 million for the fiscal year 2008 - 09. A graduate of Hollins College, Dodenhoff began her career at Marymount Manhattan College and then was director of special gifts at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She returned to her native New Orleans and worked as director of annual giving and alumni relations and later as director of major gifts at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. She joined Carolina in 2004 as associate vice president for Development.
An award-winning journalist, Bierbauer joined the university in 2002 after a distinguished career that included serving as senior White House correspondent for CNN and overseas correspondent for ABC News. He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism. In 1997, he won an Emmy for anchoring CNN coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.
Gary Snyder and Larry DiGiovanni will work with Dodenhoff in Development Communications in preparation for the capital campaign, and John Brunelli will join the staff of University Technology Services.
“I am confident that these changes will provide strong leadership for the communications, alumni and development units and allow everyone to maximize their talents and strengths,” University President Harris Pastides said.
“Michelle has worked tirelessly in her interim capacity and, after working closely with her to achieve a record fund-raising year, I have concluded that she is the best-prepared and most-qualified individual to lead the alumni and development units.
“Charles’ knowledge of the university and his extensive background as a communicator and administrator will make him a strong leader who can be effective in this position immediately,” he said.
The appointments are effective immediately.