Western University Adds Development Executive to Lead Fundraising for College of Veterinary Medicine

Pomona, CA - 05/29/2001 -- Hart T. Roussel, MA, a development professional with considerable experience in the non-profit and academic arenas, has joined Western University of Health Sciences as assistant vice president of University advancement for major gifts.

Roussel comes to the University from Claremont Graduate University, where he was director of development for four of CGU's seven schools.

In his new position, Roussel will focus a majority of his development efforts toward raising monies for Western University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the first and only veterinary college in Southern California. The college will welcome its first class of students in fall 2003.

"I couldn't pass up the opportunity to create the fundraising infrastructure that will help launch the College of Veterinary Medicine," Roussel said. "Quality veterinary care important in and of itself, but advances in veterinary science improve our lives as well."

While at CGU, Roussel worked with several of CGU's deans to reinvigorate each school's Boards of Visitors and alumni councils, increased annual giving and was instrumental in securing more than $6 million in endowment gifts.

Roussel has more than 14 years experience in program management, fund and resource development in health, human service and educational environments. He also has considerable experience in non-profit management, training and issues advocacy. His career has seen him procure more than $16 million in individual and major gifts, and foundation and government grants or contracts.

He has a master's degree in theology from Catholic University of America and is currently working toward an executive master of business administration degree from the Peter F. Drucker Graudate School of Management at CGU.

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