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Bryan Benchoff to step down as vice president for university advancement and president/CEO of Ohio University Foundation

Benchoff named to Louisiana State University Advancement and Foundation Leadership Role


Interim Ohio University President David Descutner announced today that Bryan Benchoff, Vice President for University Advancement and President/CEO of the Ohio University Foundation, has accepted a new position at Louisiana State University (LSU).

Benchoff was named earlier today as the President and CEO of the LSU Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement. He will begin his new position on July 17.
 
“Bryan has been a key member of the Ohio University leadership team for six years. He has led the Advancement Division and Foundation to significant levels of success,” Dr. Descutner said. “He leaves our university and our Foundation effectively positioned to grow support for Ohio University’s strategic priorities that focus on advancing educational opportunities, creative research, and scholarly activity.”
 
Since 2011, Benchoff has served as Vice President for University Advancement and President/CEO of the Ohio University Foundation and oversaw all aspects of University Advancement, which includes leadership of The Ohio University Foundation, Alumni Affairs, and Development. Upon his arrival, Benchoff provided leadership for advancing the public phase of “The Promise Lives Campaign,” which raised $500 million. In addition, he was instrumental in implementing best practices, technology and tools, infrastructure, and programmatic integration. The Division has garnered national recognition during his tenure.
 
Prior to joining OHIO, he served as the president and CEO of the University of South Dakota Foundation, a position he has held since 2008. From 1990-2007, he served in a variety of positions with the West Virginia University (WVU) Foundation.
 
Incoming Ohio University President Duane Nellis, who was at WVU during part of Benchoff’s tenure, offered his appreciation and well wishes. 

“I value and appreciate Bryan’s work and will miss the opportunity for us to collaborate once again. However, I certainly understand that this opportunity is one that is well matched for him and his talents and know that LSU will be well served by his leadership. I wish Bryan and his wife, Karen, the very best as they embark on this exciting and promising future,” he said.
 
Benchoff echoed those sentiments.

“While there is never an easy time to leave an institution, my decision was made all the more difficult because I enjoy working with Duane and was looking forward to collaborating with him and bringing his vision to fruition. However, the opportunity at LSU is a tremendous one that represents a great fit on both a professional and personal level,” Benchoff said. “Karen and I will miss Athens, the university community, and all the people who made this such a wonderful and rewarding experience. I want to thank my colleagues, both staff and leadership volunteers, across the university, who have played an integral role in all the successes we have experienced together. I know that there are more and even greater successes on the horizon and that the leadership team is in place to fully realize OHIO’s true philanthropic capacity going forward. It has been an honor and privilege to serve Ohio University.”
 
In the coming weeks, Dr. Descutner and Dr. Nellis will work together to develop a succession plan for the leadership of University Advancement and the Ohio University Foundation. An interim vice president for University Advancement and President/CEO of the Ohio University Foundation will be appointed to fulfill the position’s duties and responsibilities as a national search gets underway. A search firm will be hired and a university-wide search committee will be formed to identify candidates to permanently fill the position.