SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – William “Bill” Cloyd, assistant athletics director for development at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, will lead Wittenberg University’s development efforts as its new vice president for university advancement, William Steinbrink, interim president, announced today. Cloyd is expected to begin his service on July 25.
“Mark Erickson, who will begin as president of Wittenberg on July 1, was intensively involved in the selection of Bill Cloyd,” Steinbrink said. “In commenting on the selection, Dr. Erickson noted that ‘Bill brings tremendous energy, vision, strategic thinking and a history of successful major gifts fund-raising. Bill is a passionate Wittenberg alumnus who truly believes in the transformative power of this place. He also has wonderful connections in Ohio that will serve Wittenberg well.’”
A 1990 alumnus of Wittenberg, Cloyd brings considerable experience to the post. In his current position as the assistant athletics director for development at OSU, Cloyd created the strategic processes and implemented the $35 million fund-raising plan for the Big 10 university’s new Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the construction of its varsity indoor tennis facility and boathouse for its women’s crew team, and its softball stadium renovation, all of which are being paid for with private donations.
“What you have in Bill Cloyd is great versatility,” said OSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel. “Bill has emotion and passion for what he does. Aside from his incredible talents, the thing that will serve him best is that he loves Wittenberg. It’s his home. I hate to lose him, but he is going to do a great job.”
Prior to his work with Tressel and the entire OSU athletics department, Cloyd served for four years as the senior director of development for OSU’s Heart Center, where he devised and implemented strategic plans for major gifts ranging from $100,000 to $10 million toward the $50 million campaign in support of the cornerstone facilities of the center, The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. He also directed 15 seven-figure solicitations and managed a volunteer committee consisting of members of the OSU board of trustees, the OSU Foundation Board and Columbus community leaders. In addition, Cloyd, who began his development career while pursuing post-graduate work in accounting at OSU, collaborated with chief administrators and faculty members in the planning process for the center’s campaign.
“He has had exposure to research, athletics, hospitals and academic units, and he has worked with people in capacities across the university,” Tressel said. “When Bill joined the athletics development team after working on the very successful Ross Heart Hospital campaign, he brought with him a tremendous amount of drive and momentum. The bottom line is that when you add Bill to your team, the team gets better.”
From 1998 to 2001, Cloyd worked as the director of development for the OSU College of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, raising $22 million in cash and an additional $4 million in deferred commitments as part of the university’s $1.23 billion campus-wide campaign – $10 million more than the originally established $16 million campaign goal for the college. He also solicited and closed the first gift of $1 million in the history of the College of Mathematical & Physical Sciences. In recognition of his efforts, Cloyd was named Honorary Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Physics.
As the vice president for university advancement at Wittenberg, Cloyd will provide strategic direction and oversight of all advancement efforts, including setting fund-raising goals based on institutional priorities. He will also supervise all senior staff in development, information resources, communications and constituency relations programs, personally secure leadership-level gifts to the university, and manage the involvement of the president in fund-raising and other advancement activities.
Additionally, Cloyd will set staffing requirements and budget allocation, and establish and maintain contacts with alumni, parents, corporations and foundations as well as numerous civic, educational, government and business-related organizations. Cloyd is currently a member of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club, the American Lung Association and the Wexner Center for the Arts. He also coaches a 5th and 6th grade baseball program in Upper Arlington and works with the From Columbus With Love Program.
A business administration major and economics minor at Wittenberg, Cloyd was a four-year letterwinner in varsity golf as a student. He and his wife, Cara, who also has extensive experience in higher education fund raising, currently live in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
“Wittenberg is one of those special places that won me over the first time I arrived on the campus as a prospective student,” Cloyd said. “Our universities exist to provide our students with the best possible experiences and to prepare them for their future endeavors. To now have an opportunity to enhance that mission at my alma mater is so very special.”
Cloyd succeeds Charles A. Dominick, vice president for university advancement since 1992, who will retire later this year following 33 years of service to Wittenberg.
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