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Molly Tampke named interim vice president for University Advancement at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Molly Mayo Tampke has been named interim vice president for University Advancement at Ohio University and interim executive director of the Ohio University Foundation, effective Nov. 24, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis announced today.

Molly Tampke. Photo by Rick FaticaTampke, assistant vice president for development and interim associate vice president for University Communications and Marketing, succeeds Leonard Raley, who has accepted the position of president and CEO of The University System of Maryland Foundation Inc. and vice chancellor for advancement for The University System of Maryland. His last day at Ohio University will be Nov. 23.

In this interim position, Tampke is responsible for the areas of development, alumni relations, and communications and marketing.

"Tremendously respected by university colleagues and members of the Athens community, Molly Tampke is committed to the mission of public higher education. She possesses the personal qualities and professional skills that are necessary to provide the strong leadership to this division," McDavis said. "During this interim period, Molly will help guide the area of advancement as we work to achieve our goal of providing a distinct learning environment for our students."

Tampke has had a broad and progressive career at Ohio University. She came to the university in 1994 as assistant dean for development in the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to director of major gifts in 1998. She then was promoted to her current role as assistant vice president for development, with responsibility for all fund-raising efforts, in 2004. In this position, she oversees annual giving, planned giving, major giving and development communication. Since Jan. 1, she has served as interim associate vice president of University Communications and Marketing.

Tampke played an integral role in the highly successful Bicentennial Campaign, which raised more than $221 million, surpassing its $200 million goal upon its completion in 2004.

Prior to joining Ohio University, she held development positions at the University of Central Florida from 1993 to 1994 and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1986 to 1992.

A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University.

"I welcome this opportunity to continue to serve Ohio University in this new capacity," Tampke said. "This is an exciting time for the university, and I look forward to working with President McDavis and my colleagues in the area of University Advancement and the many alumni, friends and supporters of Ohio University to help the university continue to move forward. We will continue to focus on doing all we can to promote the university and support our faculty and staff in providing the best possible learning environment for Ohio University students."

Tampke and her husband, Dale, associate vice president for finance and administration, have a high-school-aged daughter, Mary Kate.

A national search will soon be launched for a permanent vice president for university advancement, with the expectation of filling the position by May 1, 2006.

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