ANU appoints its first Vice-President, Advancement

ANU appoints its first Vice-President, Advancement

The Australian National University (ANU) has announced the appointment of the University’s first Vice-President, Advancement, to lead the delivery of ANU alumni relations and philanthropy strategy.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said Barbara Miles would take up the position in May.

Ms Miles joins ANU from the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she is Vice-President, Development and Alumni Engagement.

Professor Schmidt said Ms Miles was a highly effective fundraiser and alumni engagement professional who would bring a wealth of advancement experience to ANU.

“While at UBC Barbara established the university as a Canadian and international leader in fundraising and alumni engagement and she successfully completed Canada’s largest ever fundraising and alumni engagement campaign which raised $1.6 billion and engaged more than 130,000 alumni,” Professor Schmidt said.

“Barbara is one of the best in the world at what she does, and is exceptionally well placed to lead advancement at ANU. We look forward to welcoming her to campus.”

Ms Miles said she was looking forward to joining ANU.

“I am pleased and honoured to be joining such a prestigious university with so much potential for fundraising and alumni engagement. I look forward to working with Brian Schmidt and joining the ANU community,” she said.

Professor Schmidt thanked Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, for her interim leadership of the Alumni Relations and Philanthropy team which will continue until Ms Miles takes up the position.


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