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OU-HCOM welcomes Christopher Albrecht as senior development director

(ATHENS, Ohio – Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013) Christopher Albrecht joined the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine on Jan. 22 as the new senior director of development and executive director of alumni affairs.

Albrecht will lead the medical school’s advancement efforts as the college undergoes exceptional growth and transformation. Albrecht is responsible for developing funding and building partnerships to support major initiatives including the college’s two new sites in central and northeast Ohio, academic programs to enhance training for primary care physicians, scholarships to attract the best students and offset medical school debt, medical research and community health programs.

Albrecht said he was attracted to the position because of the opportunities that come with this kind of growth. “Two new campuses, the dean’s vision and our mission to educate physicians providing primary care for Ohio in underserved areas–these are initiatives I will be proud to present to our alumni and friends. They are opportunities for them to engage with and invest in a place that has impacted their lives and career, and by doing so impacts the education of the next generation of osteopathic physicians and patient care in the state of Ohio,” Albrecht said.

As the father of a 2008 Ohio University business marketing and management graduate, he added that he already feels a special bond with the university and Athens.

“I am so pleased that Chris has joined the team,” said OU-HCOM Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O. “We’re fortunate to welcome a seasoned advancement professional who understands medical schools and health-related professions at a deep level.”

Albrecht brings more than 12 years of experience in fundraising and alumni and constituent relations. Since 2009, Albrecht has served as senior director of development for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, where he secured multiple six and seven figure gifts as part of a capital campaign to relocate the School of Medicine to a new downtown campus. Prior to that appointment, he was the senior director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at the university.

Before joining the University of Buffalo, Albrecht was senior consultant for Field Development Consultants where he served as a campaign director and institutional advancement consultant specializing in developing and managing capital campaigns and annual fund programs specifically for faith-based institutions.

"OU-HCOM has a tremendous alumni base and critical partnerships with health care providers across the state of Ohio. I've been consistently impressed with the commitment of the college's alumni and friends and their engagement in the college's mission," said Associate Vice President for Development and Campaign Manager Jim Hill. "Chris is an excellent addition to the OU-HCOM family. I'm looking forward to his working with Sharon Zimmerman (executive director, constituent relations for health affairs) as they continue to build on the college's alumni relations and fundraising success. It's clear that OU-HCOM and its alumni and friends are critical to the success of The Promise Lives Campaign. We're thrilled to have Chris on board."

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