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
“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,”
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
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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 30, 2001