Vice President, University Advancement
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The Vice President for University Advancement, Brad Mortensen, manages a comprehensive institutional advancement program, including Alumni Relations, Marketing and Communications, Development, Events, University Advancement Services, and Government Relations. Dr. Mortensen works with the Development Office and is charged with supervision of the capital campaign, including planning, execution and the successful conclusion. He manages relationships among internal and external stakeholders, working with civic and political organizations in the Weber and Davis Counties, and implementing strategies that enhance WSU’s image and reputation.
Diane's responsibilities are to provide administrative support to the VP for University Advancement; coordinate activities and information with the various departments within University Advancement, which include Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Development, Event Management, Government Relations, and University Communications. She also manages other administrative support duties, such as scheduling, meeting planning, travel, events, incoming and outgoing communications, office finances, inventory, equipment maintenance, and supplies. Last but not least, she supports maintenance of the alumni database through data entry, confirming reports on processing cash and gifts, and utilizing software tools for research and reporting. Diane started at Weber State University in 1998 and has worked in University Advancement during that entire time.
Nancy B. Collinwood is the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, and enjoys working and reconnecting with Alumni. Nancy is a former WSU student body officer, homecoming queen and Crystal Crest “Personality of the year” who joined the university’s professional staff in 1998. She was director of Student Involvement and Leadership, and Associate Director of the Shepherd Union for 12 years. As the Associate Director of the Shepherd Union and Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, Nancy had the opportunity to oversee the services and resources of more than 26,000 members of the Weber State University Student Association. Professionally, Nancy has been involved with the National Association for College Activities (NACA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and was the President of the Utah Professionals in Student Involvement & Leadership (UPSIL). Nancy holds a B.A. degree in Technical Sales from Weber State University and a Master of Science Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University.
Matt Spencer became the Executive Director of Development at Weber State University in July of 2013, overseeing a staff of development officers across WSU’s various colleges and functional areas, in conjunction with the University’s Dream 125 Comprehensive Campaign. From 2010-2013, Matt served as CEO of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. Matt was the Vice President of Membership & Development at the Vail Valley Foundation from 2006 until 2010, and Associate Director of Development for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU) from 2004-2006. He came to DU from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation in Evanston, IL where he also served as Associate Director of Development. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and earned a Master’s of Science in Sports Organization from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2011, Matt was named Most Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Colorado Chapter.
Chris Millard’s current assignment at Weber State University, as Director of Government Relations, includes federal and state government relationships. She attends the Utah Legislative Session each year, providing materials and information to Utah’s Senators and Representatives as they consider issues for higher education in general, and Weber State University in particular. Serving as the Legislative Representative for the University, she works with colleagues from Utah’s other institutions of higher education to support educational initiatives during the session, with emphasis on those ideas advanced by the Utah Board of Regents. Chris represents Weber State University at a federal level, working with Senators and Congressmen and the appropriate staff individuals, to ensure awareness of federal issues that could impact and benefit Weber State University. Chris started with Weber State University in 2001, serving as the past Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects. Chris also teaches English 1010 and 2010.
As executive director of Marketing & Communications, John Kowalewski leads a talented team of writers, designers, project managers and creative individuals who market and advance the Weber State story through print, the Web and video. He joined Weber State in 2001 as director of Media Relations, serving as the spokesperson for the university, publicizing and promoting WSU news, and advising students, faculty, staff and administrators on how to interact with media. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Kowalewski worked as a journalist in television, print and online for 12 years before joining WSU. His past employers include NBC News in Washington, D.C. (1989-1995) and the Standard-Examiner in Ogden (1995-2001).
Bev Rudd joined Weber State University in 2008. She began her Weber State career in Alumni Relations as advisor for Student Alumni, Young Alumni councils, managed the Alumni Center and coordinated Alumni events. Bev became the Weber State University Events Coordinator in 2011. She is responsible for planning, executing, budgeting, staffing, coordinating outside vendors, assessment and ensuring that all aspects of events are implemented according to initial concept.
Carol Ruden started her career with Weber State University in November 1998. Her current assignment is Director of Advancement Services. Carol and her team work to create reports that are useful to all campus entities. They process gifts from donors, manage the criteria for endowment and spending accounts, and mange records for Alumni. Carol is highly trained in Enterprise Resource Planning (EPL), ensuring complete and integrated solutions for the University Advancement finance operations, while meeting fiduciary and statutory requirements. Carol has been invited to conduct training for other universities as they implement and work within the Banner system.