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Sept. 2, 2005 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Schiller appointed VP for Development and Alumni Relations

University of Chicago President Don M. Randel announced today the appointment of Ronald J. Schiller as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Schiller will serve as a member of the Executive Staff and succeed Randy Holgate, who has served as Vice President since 1994 and who will assume the responsibilities of Senior Vice President for University Resources. Schiller is currently Associate Vice President of University Advancement and Campaign Director at Carnegie Mellon University.

"Ron and I worked together closely during my time as dean of the arts and sciences at Cornell," Randel said. "He is a person whose energy and imagination know few bounds. I look forward to our second professional collaboration, and I know that he will quickly and enthusiastically engage the University of Chicago's many alumni and friends in our important work."

During his four years at Carnegie Mellon, Schiller and his colleagues more than doubled the yearly fund-raising results, which this summer earned the school a Council for Advancement and Support of Education's Circle of Excellence Award for overall improvement in fund raising over a three-year period.

Andrew Alper, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Chicago Initiative fundraising campaign, said he both welcomed Schiller's arrival and felt deep appreciation for Holgate's commitment over the years.

"Ron has an outstanding record of creative and successful fund raising, and I believe the University is fortunate to have hired him. I am eager to work with him as we build on the development program's many accomplishments.

"Randy has done an excellent job of building and managing the University's development staff, and of using it wonderfully on our behalf," he said. "I am grateful that she will now be able to devote her energies fully to our largest gifts."

University trustee Dennis Keller said he also looked forward to working with Schiller. "Ron is a disciplined, enthusiastic, and highly successful fund raiser. I couldn't be happier that we've added him to our team, and I expect great things to come of this."

Before his successes at Carnegie Mellon, Schiller was previously Vice President for Development at Northeastern University, Vice President of Advancement at the New England Conservatory of Music, Director of Institutional Advancement at the Eastman School of Music, and in a series of progressively more responsible development positions at Cornell. At Carnegie Mellon, he currently leads a staff of 126 and manages a budget of more than $11 million.

Schiller received his Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics from Cornell University in 1986, also earning Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has been actively involved in numerous choral music activities and has taught at both Cornell and the Eastman School. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and as a member of the Cornell University Trustees' Glee Club Advisory Council. He was honored in 2004 by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of 50 "Fast-Tracker" leaders under 45.
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