The College of William & Mary is losing its vice president for university development to Colorado College.
Sean Pieri, who joined W&M in 2006, will be the new vice president of advancement at Colorado College. During his tenure, Pieri has overseen “the most successful fundraising run in the College’s history,” according to a press release from W&M.
On Friday, the college announced a record number of gifts and commitments for the 2012 fiscal year, bringing in more than $80 million from more than 30,300 donors. It was the best year since Pieri joined W&M.
President Taylor Reveley praised Pieri’s leadership, noting the development program has been “literally transformed, both organizationally and in terms of its fundraising prowess.”
“It has been an honor to serve William & Mary in this capacity, and I hope that in some small way I made a difference for this special institution,” Pieri said. He especially thanked the alumni, parents and friends who believe in investing in the college’s future.
For Pieri, the move to Colorado College is a homecoming that he has called a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” Before coming to William & Mary, he served four years as vice president for development at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Association of Graduates. Prior to working with the Air Force Academy, Pieri was managing director for development and director of regional development programs at the U.S. Olympic Committee. He has previously worked in development at the University of Washington in Seattle and at DePaul University in Chicago.
In the interim, Associate Vice President for Development Earl Granger, a two-time graduate of William & Mary, will assume Pieri’s responsibilities. A national search will be conducted for Pieri’s replacement.