Tudor Named Executive Director of the Dakota State University Foundation
Madison, SD., November 2, 2012–
Christine Tudor is the new Executive Director of the Dakota State University Foundation, as announced today by the President of Dakota State University, Dr. David Borofsky.
Tudor became the Interim Director of the DSU Foundation in August 2012, and focused her responsibilities on the management of the Office for University Advancement which includes the DSU Foundation and Alumni Association. She will continue to manage the Advancement office and oversee all fundraising duties associated with planned and major gifts, annual giving, and the ongoing capital campaign.
The Dakota State University Office for Advancement is responsible for a wide variety of cultivation and outreach programs for the University, including development, endowments, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, scholarships, and publication of the Dakota State Magazine. Tudor’s 25 plus years in college development work, adds breadth of experience that will strengthen Dakota State's efforts with capital construction plans, strengthening of the alumni base, and strategic planning.
Tudor’s prior experience was with Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. from 2000-2011, serving in various fundraising roles. Just prior to joining DSU, Tudor was the Director of Major and Planned Giving at Mount Marty. Tudor is a graduate of Wayne State College, in Wayne, Neb., where she began her career in advancement. She was president of the Nebraska Independent College Foundation in Omaha, Neb., before becoming the Director of Development at Joslyn Museum in Omaha. Tudor is a board member of the Nebraska Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Tudor reflects on the similarities between where she started her career in advancement at Wayne State College, and now at Dakota State University. “Wayne State is where I had my first fundraising job. The similarities between Wayne State and Dakota State are impressive. Both started out as Normal schools and teaching colleges. The communities where each institution resides are of similar size and feel. It resonates to me as coming home. My husband and I have been living in Madison for a year. We find Madison friendly and welcoming and there is a real sense of community here. It feels as if this has been our home for quite some time.”
When asked what her plans are for her new position, Tudor stated, “One of the first things I will focus on, along with Dr. Borofsky, is to finish the fundraising efforts for the new DSU IT building. Also, we will work on strengthening scholarships in athletic and academic areas.” This focus is driven by the current theme for the DSU Foundation, Celebrating Scholarships, “We are reaching out to alumni to accomplish our goal.” Also, the Foundation is looking forward to an announcement of a new Challenge Grant that will match donations received for athletic and academic scholarships.Along with a new executive director, other new opportunities are available within the DSU Foundation. They currently have two positions open for fundraising roles, one of which is open because of the vacancy left because of Tudor’s new role within the University Foundation.