Vice President for University Advancement Announces Reorganization

Posted on 9/27/21 10:49 AM

Following the successful conclusion of the Imagine Unlimited Comprehensive Campaign on December 31, 2020, Vice President for University Advancement Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna led an initiative to rethink the configuration of the Division offices and personnel responsibilities.

“This reorganization is designed to better serve the current and future needs of the university, and especially, the needs of our students,” Vice President Osseiran-Hanna said. “Our work is broad, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing collaborations with our internal colleagues and our affiliated organizations, all while continuing to strengthen relationships and regard for IUP with our external constituents.

“Our University Advancement team is strong and incredibly dedicated to helping the university grow, and our focus continues to be on student success in all possible ways. Our commitment to raising funds to both enhance the student experience and to provide financial support for students is firm and at the heart of all that we do.

Structural changes include: 

  • The Office of Alumni and Friends has merged with the Office of Engagement and University Events to become the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement.

  • As we reshape our Annual Giving programming, direct mail and other yearly solicitations will be managed by the Interim Director of Advancement Services and Annual Giving Nathan Bish, and Alumni and Annual Giving Manager Tonya Patterson.

  • Programming for our affinity project fundraising, Leadership Society, and crowdfunding initiatives will transition temporarily to Major Gift Officer Mary Jo Ludwig.

A number of administrative and support staff who were in other positions at the university have joined the University Advancement Division, bringing decades of experience to their new roles. They include:

  • Tammy Lucas, who previously worked in the Department of Communications Media, is in the Vice President’s Office.

  • Brenda Boal, who worked in the School of Graduate Studies and Research, is in Alumni and Constituent Engagement.

  • Andrea Campbell, who was in Information Technology Support, is now in the Stewardship and University Events area.

  • Lisa Bash-Ward transitioned to the University Events area from her work with Athletics.

  • Karen Cramer returned to the division as a manager in the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement.

Employees in new roles include:

  • John Buckshaw, a 1999 marketing graduate of IUP, is serving as a Major Gifts associate. John comes to the university with experience in advertising with the Indiana Gazette and, most recently, worked in the financial service industry. He has served the Indiana County Community Action Program (ICCAP) as their food bank director and resource development director and was marketing and public relations director for the American Red Cross, Indian County Chapter. A long-time Indiana resident, John is active in several community organizations, including American Red Cross, ICCAP, Knights of Columbus, and St. Bernard’s Church. 

  • Jennifer Luzier Dunsmore has been named assistant vice president for Alumni and Constituent Engagement. Jenn, a 1998 IUP journalism graduate, has 23 years of experience in constituent engagement, gained through a variety of roles throughout her professional career. She completed her last semester at IUP interning at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce where she was subsequently hired as the Coordinator of Membership Programs. Before returning to IUP, Jenn honed her experience as the director of public relations for the Indiana County Chapter of the American Red Cross; project manager at Lightyear Communications in Louisville, Kentucky; executive director of Downtown Indiana, Inc.; and promotional consultant at Red Oak Advertising in Indiana. Jenn started at IUP as Donor Relations manager and later moved into the director of Engagement and University Events position before her current appointment. 

  • Christina Koren, who joined University Advancement last year as the director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, now has the title of director of Strategic Partnerships, responsible for managing initiatives in government and community. In this new position, she is charged with building outreach and relationships with government and community partners in all sectors, in addition to growing the corporate and foundations networks. Prior to IUP, Chris served as the first ever executive director of mission integration and community engagement at Mount Aloysius College. That office consolidated oversight of campus sponsored external outreach. She is an adjunct instructor, earning several student advisor and faculty appreciation awards. At Mount Aloysius and other institutions, she planned and led 18 student service/cultural immersion trips both within the US and internationally. One highlight of this work is the inaugural MAC short-term study abroad program in Northern Italy in May 2019. Chris earned a BS in business management from St. Vincent College and her MBA from Waynesburg University. She has finished coursework for the IUP doctoral program in Administration and Leadership Studies and is now completing her dissertation.

  • Dave Maudie has been selected to serve as executive director of Development and Planned Giving. Dave has 25 years of fundraising experience, including six years of work at IUP. A 1987 health and physical education graduate of IUP, Dave began his career at IUP as director of development for the College of Education and Communications, and also had roles as director of Planned Giving and director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts. Dave was an All-American javelin-throwing athlete during his time at IUP. Prior to coming to IUP, Dave had a 19-year career as a professional with the Boy Scouts of America, working in five different councils, including Wheeling, West Virginia Albany, New York; Pittsburgh; St. Louis, Missouri, and northeast Illinois. In this role, he worked with thousands of volunteers to develop programs for youth, raised more than $1 million to support youth and adult programming, and managed hundreds of volunteers to oversee the daily operations of those service areas.

  • Joe Reinard, a 2001 management information systems/physical education and sport bachelor’s degree graduate and a 2005 MBA graduate of IUP, joins the Development and Planned Giving team as a Major Gifts officer. Joe has 14 years of experience at several YMCA organizations, most recently as the chief executive officer of the Bloomsburg Area YMCA. Joe also has a passion for house rentals and renovations, is involved in civic organizations and volunteer activities, and is an avid runner, swimmer, and competitive weightlifter.