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New University Advancement VP has plans

By Jim Parsons
Daily Cougar Staff

The Board of Regents approved the appointment of Kathy L. Stafford as vice president/vice chancellor of University Advancement for UH and the UH System during a special meeting March 10.

Stafford, vice president of University Advancement and an adjunct associate professor of government and international affairs at the University of South Florida, will begin work at UH on May 1.

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The Board of Regents approved Kathy L. Stafford as vice president and vice chancellor of University Advancement at a special meeting March 10. Stafford will begin her work at UH on May 1.

In her combined UH/UHS post, Stafford will oversee all development and University relations operations for the University and will direct advancement activities Systemwide.

She said the decision to come to Houston was an easy one, citing the beauty of the campus, the quality of leadership in the System and the vibrancy of Houston as main reasons for accepting the post.

"I think I was seduced by the University of Houston when I first visited," Stafford said. "I was really kind of overwhelmed by the whole experience."

University President and UHS Chancellor Arthur K. Smith praised Stafford's work at USF, saying he knew when he interviewed the finalists for the position that Stafford was right for the job.

"The University of Houston is very pleased to have Dr. Stafford become part of our campus community, and we are sure that the city of Houston will benefit equally from her interest in community projects and programs," Smith said.

At USF, Stafford was responsible for starting a $220-million capital campaign and implementing a universitywide marketing and advertising campaign. She also serves in a number of local and national organizations, including the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Omicron Delta Kappa national honor society and the American Council on Education.

Stafford earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Kent State University and received her master's and Ph.D. in public administration from The Ohio State University. She worked for Ohio State, the Ohio Board of Regents and the University of Akron before joining USF in 1994.

At UH, Stafford said she hopes to build fund-raising efforts and promote the University locally and globally.

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