Clayton State to Add a Relationship Builder…
Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes has announced the appointment of Kate Troelstra, currently senior director of Development at Clemson University, as the next Vice President for External Relations at Clayton State.
Troelstra will start her new position on June 11, 2012, replacing Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert L. “Steve” Stephens, who will be retiring on June 30, 2012, after 10 years at Clayton State.
“Ms. Troelstra brings to us a wealth of experience in external affairs activities,” says 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.”
As senior director of Development at Clemson she oversees prospect research, manages hiring, orientation, and professional development; prepares most reports and analysis for the campaign and reinvestment fee, and carries a portfolio of major gift prospects focused mainly in Atlanta.
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.
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.
Prior to joining the development staff at Clemson in September 2008, Troelstra was at Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C., for 10 years – first as associate director of Development/director of Major Gifts, and then as assistant headmaster for Development, where she was responsible for all development, alumni, and communications programs. Prior to assuming the position of assistant headmaster, she managed a significant portfolio of major gifts prospects, was responsible for all campaign events and directed all prospect and volunteer management.
Prior to her decade at Providence Day, her professional experience included managing a team of 1,500 volunteers as associate director of Annual Giving at Rutgers University and implementing a volunteer structure for both annual and major gifts as a major gifts officer at The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University.
Troelstra is also active in CASE, having served two terms as treasurer for District III and conference co-chair for the 2011 Joint District III/IV Conference. As a speaker she has spoken at the Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising, District III, CASE/NAIS, CASE Newcomers in Development and CASE Campaign Strategies Conferences on topics including campaigns, volunteer management, and annual fund. In 2007, she received CASE’s crystal apple for excellence in teaching.
Stephens started at Clayton State with the fall 2002 semester, serving as director of academic advisement for the College of Business, and as a visiting assistant professor. He was appointed executive assistant to then-president Dr. Thomas K., Harden in April 2005 and began serving as interim vice president of External Relations in September 2006. He was appointed vice president by Harden as of Nov. 1, 2008.
“I am daily grateful for the work that General Steve Stephens has done in leading that division for the last several years,” says Hynes. “I am also grateful for the exceptional work that the search committee did to make this a most successful search.”