Appointment of Vice President Advancement


Memorandum to: Governing Council
Academic Board
Business Board
University Affairs Board
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Professionals, Managers and Confidential Staff
President of UTFA
Presidents of Employee Unions
Presidents of APUS, GSU, SAC and SCSU
From: David Naylor, President
Date: March 29, 2007
Re: Appointment of Vice-President, Advancement

I am very pleased to announce that, at its meeting earlier today, the Governing Council approved the appointment of David Palmer as Vice-President, Advancement for a five-year term, effective September 1, 2007 and continuing until June 30, 2012. He has a remarkable record and powerful experience to offer our University. We have a very strong advancement and alumni affairs team and he will build on their strengths by deploying his extensive experience with international fundraising, his deep understanding of business and philanthropy, and a demonstrated ability to mobilize a global alumni community.

Mr. Palmer is currently President and Executive Director, Royal Ontario Museum Board of Governors (formerly the ROM Foundation). In that role he has spearheaded the Renaissance ROM campaign – a transformational campaign that, in four years, has re-defined the Museum’s financial resource base, its public brand, and its position as a major international cultural destination for Toronto and Canada.

Before moving to the ROM in 1999, Mr. Palmer led a ground-breaking campaign for the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Business that resulted in its being renamed as the Richard Ivey School of Business and helped catalyze a new era in professional-faculty fundraising in Canada. In that capacity he was also deeply engaged with Ivey’s international outreach to Asia.

Mr. Palmer began his career as an Adjunct Professor of Musicology in the Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from Princeton University and holds a Bachelor of Music (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Western Ontario.

I would like to also take this opportunity to acknowledge publicly the tremendous leadership shown by Rivi Frankle during the past 21 months that she has served as Interim Vice-President and Chief Advancement Officer. This year, with Rivi Frankle at the Advancement helm, supporters of the University will make gifts totaling well over $120M, and new programs have been developed to reconnect alumni with their alma mater. The University of Toronto owes her a great debt of gratitude. I cannot think of any staff member who has been more committed to this University or who has served the institution so well in such varied roles. Rivi Frankle is and will continue to be highly valued as one of the University's extraordinary citizens.