FHSU Endowment executive accepts position with UNC Foundation

Virgil Scott, CFRE, accepted the position of president and CEO of the University of Northern Colorado Foundation after a national search. Scott, who currently serves as the president and CEO of the Fort Hays State University Endowment Association, will assume the role of president and CEO on July 1, 2006.

Scott joined the FHSU Endowment Association in 1994. He provided leadership for the Centennial Campaign, a $36 million comprehensive capital campaign that surpassed the original goal of $30 million. Scott also headed the efforts to raise $5.6 million for the Robbins Alumni and Endowment Center. During his tenure the association’s assets grew from $15 million to $42 million while more than $31 million was distributed to Fort Hays State University for scholarships and programming.

Prior to joining the Association in 1994, Scott was a marketing and advertising executive with 12 years of advertising agency and media sales experience, primarily in the Topeka, Kan. market. He graduated from FHSU with a degree in Communication in 1981 and is a 1979 graduate of Dodge City Community College. He received Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 2004. Scott’s wife, Diane, Assistant Vice President of Students Affairs at FHSU, received her Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995.

“My 12 years with the Fort Hays State University Endowment Association has been a wonderful experience,” said Scott. “We have accomplished a lot through the years, because of the efforts of so many. I can only begin to thank our Board of Trustees, our staff and the many alumni and friends of Fort Hays State who have given so freely of their time, talent and treasure since I have been here,” he continued. “It is an understatement to say that Diane and I will carry fond memories with us forever from our time here in Hays.”

In response to the appointment UNC Foundation Board Chairman Odell Barry said, “The Foundation board is excited to have Virgil Scott as the new president and CEO of the Foundation. His experience and character are the right fit for the Foundation at this juncture. We are confident that his commitment to fundraising with integrity will help take us to the next level.”

Fort Hays State University President Edward H. Hammond commented on Scott’s tenure at the Association. “Virgil Scott came home when he accepted the position as CEO of our Endowment Association. As a loyal alumnus, he has always supported our institution. He grew into the position and provided key leadership for the Endowment Association which has been a tremendous asset to Fort Hays State University,” said Hammond.

Jack Feiden, FHSU Endowment Association Board of Trustees Chair said that Scott would be missed. “Anytime you lose a leader with 12 years of dedicated and successful experience, they are hard to replace,” said Feiden. “Virgil’s accomplishments are obvious when you take a look at how much our Association has grown during his time here. We wish him and Diane all the very best in Greeley,” he said. Feiden added that the Association would immediately begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

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