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Lori Winters Fan named MSU executive director of alumni relations

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fan_Lori_201204Lori Winters Fan will be the new executive director of alumni relations at Missouri State University. She succeeds Julie Ebersold, who recently retired after leading the alumni relations unit since 1984.

Fan will begin her appointment Aug. 19, pending approval by the Missouri State Board of Governors.

“I am looking forward to working with Lori,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “She has some good ideas about how to move our alumni program forward in the future and will be an excellent member of our team.

“Obviously, Lori has some big shoes to fill. For thousands of alumni, Julie Ebersold has been the face, not only of the alumni association, but of the university. It was a pleasure to work closely with her the past couple of years. She will be greatly missed.”

Fan comes to Missouri State from Bradley University, where she had been the executive director of alumni relations since 1999. During her tenure at Bradley, Fan led two strategic planning cycles resulting in successful new engagement programs and effective re-staffing initiatives and developed collaborative relationships with colleagues in key administrative offices that resulted in the successful execution of strategic plans.

She also partnered with development officers in identifying and cultivating donors for a $150 million capital campaign and spearheaded a successful effort to create and deploy the university’s first Leadership Summit for professional development. Fan was also instrumental in launching the university’s first official volunteer-driven affinity groups and managed more than 30 regional alumni networks.

“We are very excited to have Lori join the Missouri State Family,” said Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement. “She has extensive experience in alumni programming and I know she will fit in very well wearing the maroon and white.”

Prior to serving as executive director, Fan was Bradley’s alumni relations program director. She was also the director of chapter programs for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association; the director of annual funds for the Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout Council; the WalkAmerica director for Phoenix, Arizona and Minneapolis March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and a child protective service worker for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

“No doubt like my wonderful predecessor, I feel incredibly lucky and proud to have served my alma mater for so long as its chief alumni officer,” Fan said. “Being a MVC ‘Valley-girl,’ I am familiar with the tremendous pride that Missouri State alumni, students and faculty/staff feel for the institution and the quality educational experience it offers. I look forward to serving the MSU community and to becoming part of the great MarooNation.”

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