Kate Troelstra has officially joined Clayton State University as Vice President for External Relations. The entire University, and especially the External Relations Division, would like to welcome Kate on her first day at Clayton State.
“Ms. Troelstra brings to us a wealth of experience in external affairs activities,” says President Dr. Tim Hynes. “Her visits to campus drew enthusiastic and positive responses from a large number of colleagues. We are excited to watch her build on the efforts in communication and development already begun here at Clayton State University.”
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she began her development career there as a phonathon caller and later phonathon supervisor. Since graduation, she has been in development for more than 20 years, spending seven years in annual giving before moving into major gifts. She has experience in a wide range of fundraising settings including liberal arts colleges, public research universities, professional schools, and independent schools. Her most recent position was senior director of Development at Clemson University.
Throughout her career in the field, Troelstra notes that she has concentrated her efforts, not so much on fund raising, but on building relationships. At Clayton State, she will be responsible for a wide range of relationship-building functions, including the University’s Development, Alumni Relations, Image and Communications, and University Relations offices.
“I am daily grateful for the work that General Steve Stephens has done in leading the External Relations division for the last several years,” says Hynes of Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert L. “Steve” Stephens, who will be retiring on June 30, 2012, after 10 years at Clayton State. “I am also grateful for the exceptional work that the search committee did to make this a most successful search.”