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Kent Stanley Named Vice President for University Advancement

Stanley will begin his duties April 20.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-3-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced that Kent Stanley has been named the new vice president for university advancement at Minnesota State Mankato. He will begin his duties at the University on April 20.

Stanley, who has 14 years of experience in fundraising and development, was most recently the associate vice president for advancement—athletics at Utah State University. In that role, he completed campaigns for six major capital initiatives, reorganized the development operation and implemented a new model that helped the annual fund grow from $755,000 in 2008 to $1.65 million in 2014. He has also served as the athletic director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and the associate athletic director—development at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. 

Stanley completed his undergraduate work in psychology and physical education at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, in 1984. He earned a master’s degree in athletics administration from Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif., in 1989.

Davenport said he is excited to have Stanley leading University Advancement.

“Kent is a highly motivated fundraiser who will be a great asset to Minnesota State Mankato,” Davenport says. “We are fortunate to have found such an experienced, qualified leader for University Advancement.”

Kent replaces R. Kent Clark, who left the University in November 2015 to become the associate vice president for health sciences development at the University of Iowa Foundation. Paul Hustoles has been leading University Advancement on an interim basis since December. He will stay on in a transitional role through the end of the spring semester and will continue to provide leadership for the planning of the University’s sesquicentennial celebration when he returns to his post as professor and chair in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to Paul Hustoles for serving as interim vice president of University Advancement,” said Davenport. “I greatly appreciate his leadership within the division as well as on the University cabinet.”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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