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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
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Experienced Fund-Raiser Appointed to Executive Post
With the UW-Eau Claire Foundation
MAILED: May 30, 2001

        EAU CLAIRE—An experienced higher education fund-raiser who has guided two multimillion dollar comprehensive campaigns has been named executive director of development at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
        Foundation President Carole Halberg recently announced the appointment of Kimera Way, from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich., to the newly created position. Way’s first day on the job will be July 16.
        “We are fortunate to have someone with Kim Way’s experience to administer the development unit and provide guidance and support for our upcoming comprehensive fund-raising campaign at UW-Eau Claire,” Halberg said.
        Way will supervise annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and corporate and foundation giving programs as well as donor relations and research, gift processing and general management of the development unit. She will work in partnership with Halberg to plan, implement and complete the fund-raising campaign and raise the overall level of private support for the university.
        The campaign, now in its quiet phase, will be the first such campaign at UW-Eau Claire. The Foundation, which was founded in 1959, has assets in excess of $20 million and is the second largest foundation among the four-year comprehensive public regional universities in Wisconsin.
        “I am very impressed with the people I have met at the university and in the community. Everyone tells me this is a great university and a great place to raise a family,” Way said. “UW-Eau Claire has strong connections with its many alumni. I am looking forward to working with the staff to elevate the expectations of friends and alumni when it comes to their support of the university.”
        Way’s career began in public relations in 1980 at Cottey College, Nevada, Mo., where for two years she was the coordinator of public information. From there she went to Emporia State University as assistant director of information services. She was named director of university relations at Emporia State in 1987 with responsibility for all areas of the university’s comprehensive public relations program, including media relations, publications, sports information, photo services and multimedia productions.
        In 1991 she was appointed as the chief executive officer of the Emporia State University Foundation and assistant to the president for institutional advancement. As the university’s chief development officer, she planned and completed a $25 million campaign that reached its goal two and half years ahead of schedule.
        In 1996 she went to Michigan Tech as executive director of development and the Michigan Tech Fund. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the foundation, oversaw a $140 million campaign and developed fund-raising plans for four successful mini- capital campaigns. During her time with the Tech Fund, giving increased from $6 million in 1996 to $43.5 million in fiscal 2000.
        Way is a graduate of Cottey College, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming and has a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas. She and her husband, Darcy, who is in athletic development at Michigan Tech, have three daughters, ages 8, 4 and 3.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: May 30, 2001