April 29, 2011
Rollins College welcomes new Vice President for Institutional Advancement Ronald J. Korvas to campus.
Korvas has more than 25 years of experience in higher education advancement. Since 2000, he has served as the vice president for development and alumni relations at Willamette University, where he managed a seven-year, $131-million fundraising campaign, the largest in Willamette’s history and the most raised by a private liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest. The campaign, which increased the University’s endowment by $65 million, supported academic excellence through the creation of 12 endowed chairs/directors, raising $32 million for scholarships, $52 million for academic excellence and $33 million for facilities, including two gold LEED certified buildings.
“We are very happy to welcome a chief advancement officer with Ron’s experience to our senior leadership team,” said Rollins President Lewis Duncan.
Prior to his tenure at Willamette, Korvas served as vice president of university advancement at Minnesota State University-Mankato (1994-2000), where he launched a five-year, $35-million effort and led a university-wide initiative to develop an integrated marketing communications plan to reposition the university—resulting in a 20 percent increase in first-year applicants. He also served as vice president of the Washington State University Foundation (1991-94), where he planned and implemented a $250-million comprehensive campaign.
“Rollins has an excellent reputation and I’m excited to be associated with an institution of this caliber,” said Korvas. “I look forward to visiting and working with Rollins’ alumni and friends to help secure the resources the College needs to achieve its goals.”
Korvas holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received his M.Ed. and B.S. from the University of Toledo.
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