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Volume 71, Issue 18, Thursday, September 15, 2005


UH officials end national search

Michael Rierson's appointment as head of University Advancement pending Board of Regents approval

Cougar News Services

After more than a year of searching for a new vice president and vice chancellor of University Advancement, University officials have chosen someone to fill the position.

Michael D. Rierson, the former vice president of University Advancement at the University of South Florida, has been appointed as vice president and vice chancellor for University Advancement at UH and the UH System, respectively. "We're fortunate to have an individual with his considerable experience and clear commitment to educational excellence joining us," UHS Chancellor Jay Gogue said in a release. 

Rierson served as USF president until 2001 and prior to that, he held a similar position at the University of Miami. He also has held administrative positions at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and master's degree in communication from UNC-Chapel Hill.

In making the announcement of Rierson's appointment, Gogue said he is grateful to Spencer T. Yantis for serving as interim vice president of University Advancement.

"He has done an admirable job of keeping our fund raising and public affairs efforts on campus," Gogue said in a release.

Yantis will return to serving as the associate vice president of University Advancement.

Former Vice President and Vice Chancellor of University Advancement Ileana V. Trevino stepped down August 2004 after two years of service to become vice president of the Memorial Hermann Foundation.

Rierson is scheduled to step into office Oct. 15, pending approval by the UHS Board of Regents.

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