Vice President for Advancement


Throughout the Spring 2014 semester, the President’s Office has been involved with the search for a new Vice President for the college’s Division of Advancement. The months of February and March have marked many occasions on which candidates for the position have visited the campus and participated in open forums, where students were invited to ask questions regarding the candidates’ intentions if given the position.

The position, which oversees the offices of Development, Alumni Relations, and the Arts Alliance, is currently held by interim Vice President Michael A. Grandillo. The search has now been narrowed down to two candidates: Gary B. Grant and Carolyn Curry.

Grant, the current Vice President for College Advancement at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, has also held a similar position at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and served as the Director of Major Gifts at the National Alzheimer’s Association and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He holds a JD from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and has authored several publications regarding online fundraising.

On the other hand, Curry, has served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Delaware State University since 2004, and also currently holds positions within the University as the CEO and President of the Delaware State University Foundation, inc., and as the University President’s Chief of Staff. She has also served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Executive Officer for Communications at West Virginia University, and holds a M.S. in Communications with a Public Affairs emphasis from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

With Mr. Grant and Ms. Curry having completed their forums on the 5th and 23rd of March respectively, the college awaits an announcement regarding the final decision. However, due to respect for the confidentiality of the decision process, the President’s Office was understandably mum:

“An offer is pending and the announcement will be made when the contract has been signed,” said Vivian Jordan, Executive Assistant at the President’s Office.

With both candidate’s resumes and forums having been reviewed, students, faculty and staff can expect a final decision within the coming months.