SARASOTA -- The incoming vice president of advancement and executive director of the New College Foundation is a Winter Park native who has a reputation for bringing in money and generating a strong return on investments.
Shannon Duvall, who starts at New College on May 13, is now associate vice president for development at Albion College, a nationally recognized, independent liberal arts college in south-central Michigan, where she has been responsible for recruiting, staff development and training. She was also responsible for alumni engagement and annual giving during her tenure.
At New College, Duvall will be responsible for all New College fundraising programs, including major and planned giving and the annual fund. She is replacing Clint Monts de Oca, who is retiring after serving on an interim basis.
The role has also been expanded to include the vice president of advancement responsibilities. After a national search that started in December, New College President Donal O'Shea and the search committee unanimously chose Duvall.
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"The committee members were especially attracted by her professionalism, her impressive track record, her knowledge of all aspects of educational advancement and her personal warmth," O'Shea said.
The new vice president returned the compliment.
Duvall said she was eager to begin her position with New College after meeting O'Shea, the trustees, and
the directors of the foundation.
"I was impressed by O'Shea's wonderful leadership," Duvall said. "The opportunity to be close to family again is a bonus. This is a win-win and I think we will make a great team."
In her new role, Duvall is charged with completing the New College Promise, a $60 million campaign to provide the money needed to advance the college. Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has raised $23 million.
The money she raises will be used for increased scholarships, endowment, student and faculty travel research grants, a new building for international studies and the library.
Duvall said her experience in development at Albion College prepared her for the New College position.
"My time at Albion allowed me to stretch my managerial muscles," Duvall said.
Duvall plans to meet with alumni, parents and friends and talk about the importance of investing in college and in the futures of students, faculty and staff.
Duvall equated raising the money the college needs with putting the pieces of a puzzle together. "In one hand we have the needs of the college, and in the other we have alumni and other donors working to figure out what pieces they have to contribute," Duvall said. "We will help those with philanthropic interests figure out how their interests fit with the needs of the college."
As a high school student, Duvall was accepted to New College but ended up at Michigan State. As part of the New College family, she has already made a personal contribution to the school's annual fund.
Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.