N.C. State loses second fundraising leader in two months

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nevin E. Kessler, vice chancellor for university advancement at N.C. State University since 2007, is leaving to become president of the Rutgers University Foundation and executive vice president for development and alumni relations at Rutgers.

Kessler, who also has served as president of the N.C. State University Foundation and begins his new job October 14, is the second top advancement executive in two months to quit at N.C. State, which in recent years has been preparing to launch a comprehensive fundraising campaign that is expected to begin its public phase in two years with a projected goal of $1.5 billion.

John Taylor, a pioneer in the field of advancement services, stepped down in July after five years as associate vice chancellor for advancement services at N.C. State to return full-time to his consulting practice, Durham-based Advancement Services Concepts & Solutions, supporting the advancement services profession.

At N.C. State, the office of advancement services handles and helps coordinate alumni and donor records, donor relations, prospect management, prospect research and information services for the entire university.

In January, Kessler named Laurie Reinhardt-Plotnik associate vice chancellor for university development and vice president for development of the N.C. State University Foundation.

Reinhardt-Plotnik, who began work in March, had been associate vice president for development at Rutgers, which is in the midst of a $1 billion campaign.

She succeeded Ken Sigmon, who stepped down in January 2012 as associate vice chancellor for university development at N.C. State to become vice president of development at the Oklahoma State University Foundation.

After Sigmon’s departure, Steve Watt, executive director of gift planning at N.C. State, served as interim associate vice chancellor for development.

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