It is with mixed emotions that I share the news of Dr. Janis Zink’s retirement at the end of this year (December 31, 2017). After working in higher education for over 43 years (29 of them in fundraising), she has decided to retire in order to spend more time with her family. Jan has served UNCG as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement with tremendous passion, skill, and expertise.
Jan joined UNCG in 2013 after leading highly successful fundraising campaigns at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Tulsa. At UNCG, many of her achievements have laid the foundation for our future fundraising success. In just four years, Jan has led efforts to:
- Build our data capabilities so that we are now able to develop metrics and benchmarks, allowing for more strategic decision making;
- Reestablish relationships with our alumni – especially our WC alumnae and the Alumni Association; and
- Create a central advancement events team, which has enhanced our signature events and reputation with donors.
The last two years, Jan and I have worked closely together building for the future, and the results have been particularly fruitful: alumni and outright giving are both up; and Jan was indispensable in helping to shepherd the Kaplan Center naming gift – only the third gift of its size in UNCG history. Indeed, a Giant Step for UNCG!
I am also personally grateful to Jan – she was one of the very first people who welcomed me and Jacquie to UNCG. She has always been gracious, dedicated, and hardworking.
We will be launching a national search later this summer. In the meantime, I am deeply appreciative that Jan has decided to stay on through the 125th and alumni festivities this fall. We will have a proper send off in December.
Please join me in congratulating Jan, and thanking her for her contributions to UNCG!
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.