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New vice president for advancement named

Friday, May 29, 2009

Craig Wruck, vice president for university advancement, begins work July 1

Craig Wruck, new vice president for university advancement, begins work July 1.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter III has announced the appointment of Craig Wruck, Minneapolis, to the position of vice president for university advancement, effective July 1.

Wruck brings to his new position 33 years of experience in fundraising and engaging alumni in service, friendship and giving.  Most recently he served as senior vice president of development and alumni relations for the Hazelden Foundation in Minneapolis, leading a nationwide development program and achieving a record 30 percent increase in philanthropic revenue in 2007.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the St. Cloud State team," Wruck said.  "Many doors were opened for me because of the opportunity that I had to pursue my education at a community college and a public university.   I am so excited to now have the chance to help St. Cloud State University build a new model of support among its constituents."

Wruck’s background also includes 16 years in development and gift planning leadership positions with the University of Minnesota Foundation and U of M Medical Foundation, as well as leadership positions in charitable and nonprofit services in the private sector. 

Wruck has a national reputation in the planned giving area having served as president of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving) in 1997, and, since 1998 chair of government relations and registered lobbyist for that organization.  He has also served as chair of the board for the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, and since 2005 has been an adjunct faculty member at Saint Mary’s University Minnesota.

Wruck received an associate of arts degree from Citrus Community College, Glendora, Calif., in 1972, a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Utah in 1974 and a master of business administration from the University of Saint Thomas in 1982.

"As we enter a new era of more vigorous fundraising and cultivation of active, involved alumni in a challenging economic environment, our University Advancement office requires a knowledgeable and experienced leader to spearhead our development and alumni relations activities," said Potter.  "I am confident we have found such a leader in Craig Wruck."

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