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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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New Foundation President
Brings Wealth of Experience
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MAILED: Feb. 11, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — A successful fund raiser with experience in three capital campaigns has been named president of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation.
The appointment of Jack B. Fistler, from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, as UW-Eau Claire's Foundation president was announced today (Feb. 9) by Chancellor Donald Mash during the regular meeting of the Foundation's board of directors. He is taking over the position from Carole Halberg, who has served as acting director of advancement and Foundation President since the resignation of David Utley in 1997. Fistler's first day on the job will be March 1.
"We are very happy to have attracted someone of Jack Fistler's qualifications and experience to the university and our foundation. We are looking forward to his arrival there is much to do as we work to assure a bright future for this outstanding university," Mash said.
Fistler will report directly to Mash and be a member of his executive staff. As the university's chief advancement officer he will be responsible for all aspects of fund raising as well as the offices of Alumni Relations, News Bureau and Publications.
"I am delighted to be in Eau Claire and am eager to become part of the community and the university," Fistler said. "UW-Eau Claire has a solid reputation for quality, and I look forward to working with the Foundation to further enhance that quality."
Fistler's advancement career has primarily been at larger, public colleges. He believes the complex and political nature of public universities has provided him with a sound base for fulfilling his new role at UW-Eau Claire. He began his fund-raising career at the University of Minnesota in 1981, where he directed the annual giving program and later the College of Education's fund-raising program.
At Michigan State University from 1986-90 he coordinated gifts and grants from private philanthropic foundations and professional associations. He developed the foundation/association strategic plan, which exceeded the $30 million component total for the MSU 2000 $160 million capital campaign.
In 1990 he went to Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo., as assistant vice president of institutional advancement/campaign director. In addition to operational responsibility for the development program in the Office of Institutional Advancement, he helped plan and implement the school's first major campaign, which raised $73 million and exceeded its goal one year ahead of schedule.
Fistler took over as vice president of University Advancement at Wright State University in 1994. He supervised 42 staff persons and was responsible for planning and implementing the university's first comprehensive, major fund-raising campaign with a time line projected for 1998-2003. Due to the illness and subsequent death of the university's president, he served for six months with the university's three other vice presidents as the Office of the President and most recently as special assistant to the president for development.
Fistler is a 1967 graduate of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. He earned a master's degree in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1973 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State in 1982. He and his wife, Amy, have two children, Holly, a 20-year-old sophomore at Ohio State University, and Whitney, 13, an eighth-grader.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: Feb. 12, 1999