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Beset by the state's financial woes, money-hungry San Diego State University is on the prowl for a temporary rainmaker to hit the road with the aim of researching and attracting a fresh shower of cash from heavy-hitting donors.

Under ex-president Steve Weber, the school was known for its aggressive courting of benefactors, a tradition that appears to be continuing.

Among the new Development Officer's responsibilities in the College of Arts and Letters: "personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding annual gifts of $10,000+," "making 15-20 personal visits per month," providing "donors with customized, frequent, meaningful communication and involvement," "managing the process of identification, evaluation, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of leadership prospects and donors," "utilizing web and other tools for preliminary research of prospects," and "working in cooperation with the Dean and the Senior Director of Development to identify new prospects and to develop strategies for current donors."

Other duties listed: "Prepare concise written profiles and summaries of donor/prospect information…interpret biographical, corporate, and foundation information."

It's a "Full-time, temporary position anticipated to end on or before August 31, 2011, with the possibility for reappointment and/or permanency," with a salary range of $3,469 - $3,750/month.

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Visduh July 5, 2011 @ 5:06 p.m.

Universities once were all about research and about education. Yes, in that order. Now they seem to be all about more buildings, more institutes, more staff, more acronyms, in short more money. It's a dirty little secret that the principal criterion for becoming the chancellor of a UC campus is fund-raising ability. Academics? Well, the candidate should have an impressive academic record, but "where the rubber meets the road" is the track record of pulling in grants and gifts. A former chancellor at UCLA, Charles Young, kept the position for 29 years not because he was beloved by the faculty or staff or students, but because he brought home the bucks.

One can only wonder how successful the new SDSU president will be in raising cash. This position seems to indicate that he's on the trail of loot, and needs a specialist to assist him. But in the final analysis, it's his job to get funds, not some staffer's responsibility.


SurfPuppy619 July 5, 2011 @ 11:21 p.m.

Wow, I didn't even know Weber was gone. Seems like yesterday he replaced Thomas Day.....


tomjohnston July 6, 2011 @ 10:42 a.m.

Surfpuppy619. He just left. His retirement was effective yesterday, but with the long weekend and all, he probably cleaned out the office last week. At least it wasn't a suprise. Fifteen years is a pretty good tenure for a college president these days. My SIL was there before he arrived and is an ardent supporter. She says he did good things while he was there. She did say something interest. She remembers him saying in an interview 4 or 5 yrs ago that he wasn't thinking about retiring anytime soon, that the time to leave was when it wasn't fun anymore. I guess he's not having fun anymore.


SurfPuppy619 July 6, 2011 @ 8:24 p.m.

I actually pretty surprised by this news- had to google Weber and find out the 411 on him and his retirement-he had a good run.

I really liked prior SDSU President Thomas Day. Good guy.

SDSU is an excellent school, and I am proud to call it my alma mater (spelling???). I worked my fanny off there, and it pains me to hear people claim it is not a rigourous academic school. All my classes had strict grading curves, and when someone posted the mean and median GPA's recently I was surprised at how high they were.

I miss it, but I am proud of it and my time there.


tomjohnston July 9, 2011 @ 8:40 a.m.

What do you think of the new guy getting a $100k raise over what Weber made? It makes hime the 2nd highest paid college president in the whole cal state system! Unbelievable if you ask me!


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