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University welcomes David Palmer as vice-president and chief advancement officer

The University of Toronto today announced the appointment of David Palmer as vice-president and chief advancement officer. Palmer will begin his appointment on Sept. 1, 2007.

 Palmer is currently president and executive director, Royal Ontario Museum board of governors (formerly ROM Foundation). In that role he has spearheaded the Renaissance ROM campaign – a transformational campaign that, in four years, has redefined the museum’s financial resource base, its public brand and its position as a major international cultural destination for Toronto and Canada.

Before moving to the ROM in 1999, Palmer led a ground-breaking campaign for the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Business that resulted in its being renamed as the Richard Ivey School of Business and helped catalyze a new era in professional-faculty fundraising in Canada. In that capacity he was also deeply engaged with Ivey’s international outreach to Asia. Palmer began his career as an adjunct professor of musicology in the Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. He earned a master of fine arts from Princeton University and holds a bachelor of music (magna cum laude) from the University of Western Ontario.

“David Palmer has a remarkable record and powerful experience to offer the University of Toronto,” said President David Naylor. “We already have a very strong advancement and alumni affairs team. David will build on its strengths by deploying his unparalleled experience with international fundraising, his deep understanding of business and philanthropy and a demonstrated ability to mobilize a global alumni community around highly strategic platforms of growth and innovation.”

“I am very excited to work with such a strong advancement team at the university and to meet more of the university’s many friends and supporters,” Palmer said. “I’m also looking forward to working with the university’s remarkable alumni community around the world. They should see the university as a place that adds value throughout their lifes – where service to alumni is as important as stewardship.”

Palmer added that the ROM’s own fundraising efforts are on an “outstanding footing.” “With the Renaissance ROM campaign in its final stages, it remains one of the strongest and most vibrant development programs in the country,” he noted. Palmer will spend the next few months at the ROM completing strategic work for that campaign and assisting in a strong transition for the Royal Ontario Museum board of governors to new leadership.

Naylor also acknowledged the tremendous leadership shown by Rivi Frankle during the past 21 months that she has served as interim vice-president and chief advancement officer. This year, with Rivi Frankle at the advancement helm, supporters of the university will make gifts totalling over $120 million and new programs have been developed to reconnect alumni with their alma mater.

“U of T owes Rivi a great debt of gratitude,” Naylor said. “I can’t think of any staff member who has been more committed to this university or who has served the institution so well in such varied roles. Rivi Frankle is and will continue to be highly valued as one of the university’s extraordinary citizens.”

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