University of Houston-Clear Lake welcomes Rhonda Thompson as the new associate vice president for university advancement beginning June 2. Thompson brings more than 15 years of management, fundraising and organizational development experience within higher education, nonprofit and health organizations.
“After a national search, Rhonda Thompson quickly became the frontrunner for the position,” says UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples, who led the search. “Her years of management and organizational development experience will strengthen the UHCL Office of University Advancement as well as the university as a whole.”
Thompson comes to UHCL from University of Houston where she worked as the director of foundation relations. Previously, she served as assistant dean for strategic planning and senior director of development for UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
While at UH, she led all stages of strategy, cultivation and solicitation to secure $4 million to establish a new Center for Excellence in Polymer Chemistry; $2 million to endow a chair in Biomolecular Engineering, jointly funded by a foundation and alumni; $2 million to endow the dean’s chair in the Graduate College of Social Work; $1.5 million to advance the UH Arts Initiative; and $1 million from a national foundation to support the development of new surface imaging instrumentation.
“I’m excited about joining the UHCL family and am looking forward to working with President Staples, the Office of University Advancement team, as well as the rest of the university faculty, staff, community friends and the almost 60,000 UHCL alumni,” says Thompson.
“Under Dr. Staples’ leadership, UHCL has not only thrived, it has flourished. With the addition of freshmen and sophomores this fall and the expansion of degree opportunities at the UHCL Pearland Campus, UHCL will play a greater role in meeting the Gulf Coast region’s need for well-prepared college graduates. Philanthropic support is critical to this success.”
Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Before moving to Seabrook in 2005, Thompson was vice president for client services at the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, where she led a large network of professional volunteers to provide strategic planning, fundraising and management support to nonprofits.
Other past job highlights include Thompson’s facilitation of the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ first strategic plan, working closely with a planning team led by the dean, with input from faculty, staff, alumni, students and volunteers. She also revitalized the Dean’s Advisory Board, staffed a fundraising volunteer board for a new STEM education program, updated the college’s website and publications and assisted faculty teams to create and develop fundraising and marketing plans.
UHCL’s Office of University Advancement comprises Development, Communications and Alumni and Community Relations.
For more information about the Office of University Advancement, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/advancement or call 281-283-2021.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.