Vice President for University Advancement Selected

Posted on 4/26/2018 2:11:53 PM

Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna, IUP vice president for University Advancement Following a national search, Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Michael Driscoll has selected Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna as the vice president for University Advancement at IUP.

“Ms. Osseiran-Hanna has done an extraordinary job as interim vice president, setting appropriately high expectations for all of us, working to build teams across the university, and increasing alumni and donor engagement with IUP,” President Driscoll said. “She rose to the top of a remarkably strong pool of candidates in our national search for our next vice president, and I am very pleased that she’ll be working on behalf of the IUP family going forward.”

Osseiran-Hanna joined the IUP community in the role of interim vice president for University Advancement on September 11, 2017. During her tenure, the university announced several transformative fundraising accomplishments:

  • Fundraising totaling $53 million toward a comprehensive campaign with a goal of $75 million (the original campaign goal was $40 million prior to her arrival);

  • The university’s largest-ever one-time gift of $23 million from alumni John and Char Kopchick;

  • The completion of fundraising for the required Department of General Services’ $7 million match to begin construction of the university’s new science building with an additional $2 million gift from Tim and Deb Cejka; and

  • Three $1 million or more gifts to the university.

“Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, and the IUP community have been an incredibly welcoming environment, with awesome alumni who believe in their alma mater and want to pay it forward to the new generations passing through our doorways,” Osseiran-Hanna said.

“In the few months that I have been here, I am amazed at the strong leadership of President Driscoll and my colleagues, and that of the Council of Trustees, the IUP Foundation Board of Directors, and the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“The wonderful students that we serve, as well as the engagement and dedication of the faculty and staff, and that of the great team in the division of University Advancement have led to so much excitement to our public launch of the Campaign for IUP. Most of all, working within a community that truly cares about the region and its positive impact on our nation and the globe makes my job all the much easier. There is great momentum at IUP today, and we have only just begun to Imagine the Unlimited!”

Osseiran-Hanna comes to IUP from College of Staten Island, CUNY (City University of New York). An experienced advancement professional, she has raised $96 million during her career and has experience in a broad range of advancement initiatives, including comprehensive campaigns, board recruitment, development and engagement, as well as alumni and constituent relations.

In her most recent position, she served as vice president for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs and executive director of the College of Staten Island Foundation. During her tenure, the institution completed a $20-million campaign over goal, systemized the reporting structure of the division, and set operational plans for each area for the newly created Institutional Advancement and External Affairs strategic plan.

Prior to her work there, she was the director of Advancement–North America and executive director, the University of Queensland in America, Inc. for the University of Queensland. During her work there, she doubled the number of board members, increased alumni engagement by 30 percent, built a pipeline of major and principal gifts, and closed a $1.1-million cash gift from an alumnus in North America and $1.053-million gift-in-kind from a friend of UQ in New York.

At New Jersey City University, in her role as special counsel to the president and vice president for University Advancement, she raised giving by 70 percent in dollars, 30 percent in donors, 30 percent in the average gift, and 200 percent in membership in the $1,000-plus giving group.

Other positions include:

  • Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving and Senior Major Gift Officer, New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Director of Annual Giving, Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • Director of Annual Giving and Special Projects and Executive Director of American University of Beirut Alumni Association of North America, American University of Beirut

  • Major Gifts Associate, Greenpeace Fund

  • Executive Director, Save Lebanon, Inc.

  • Assistant Director, National Council on Canada Arab Relations

  • Consulting Representative in the Americas, University of Balamand

Osseiran-Hanna has a bachelor of arts degree from George Washington University, pursued graduate studies at McGill University, and earned a Certificate in Planned Giving from the College of William and Mary.