CSU welcomes new vice president for external relations

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Kate Troelstra will began her new position as the new Vice President for External Relations, for Clayton State University.

Special photo Kate Troelstra will began her new position as the new Vice President for External Relations, for Clayton State University.

Kate Troelstra began her new position Monday as the new Vice President for External Relations, for Clayton State University.

“Ms. Troelstra brings to us a wealth of experience in external affairs activities,” said Clayton State President Dr. Thomas (Tim) Hynes. “Her visits to campus drew enthusiastic and positive responses from a large number of colleagues. We are excited to watch her build on the efforts in communication and development already begun here at Clayton State University.”

Troelstra is replacing former vice president of External Relations, Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert L. “Steve” Stephens, who will be retiring at the end of June, after serving 10 years.

“I am daily grateful for the work that General Steve Stephens has done in leading the External Relations division for the last several years,” said Hynes. “I am also grateful for the exceptional work that the search committee did to make this a most successful search.”

While serving at Clayton State, Troelstra will be responsible for relationship-building functions, including the University’s Development, Alumni Relations, Image and Communications, and University Relations offices.

Troelstra comes to Clayton State with a extensive résumé — she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she began her development career as a phonathon caller and later phonathon supervisor. “Since graduation, she has been in development for more than 20 years, spending seven years in annual giving before moving into major gifts,” said John Shiffert, director of university relations. He added that Troelstra has experience in a wide range of fund-raising settings, including liberal arts colleges, public research universities, professional schools, and independent schools.

He said her most recent position was senior director of development at Clemson University, where she oversaw prospect research, managed hiring, orientation, and professional development; prepared reports and analysis for the campaign and reinvestment fee, and carried a portfolio of major gift prospects focused mainly in Atlanta.

“Throughout her career in the field,” said Shiffert, “Troelstra notes that she has concentrated her efforts, not so much on fund-raising, but on building relationships.”

Before joining the development staff at Clemson in September 2008, Troelstra was at Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C., for 10 years, Shiffert said. There she served, first as an associate director of development/director of Major Gifts, and then as assistant headmaster for development, where she was responsible for all development, alumni, and communications programs.

“Prior to assuming the position of assistant headmaster, she managed a significant portfolio of major gifts prospects, was responsible for all campaign events and directed all prospect and volunteer management,” he said.

“Prior to her decade at Providence Day, her professional experience included managing a team of 1,500 volunteers as associate director of Annual Giving at Rutgers University and implementing a volunteer structure for both annual and major gifts as a major gifts officer at The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University.”

Shiffert said Troelstra is also active in CASE, having served two terms as treasurer for District III and conference co-chair for the 2011 Joint District III/IV Conference. “As a speaker, she has spoken at the Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising, District III, CASE/NAIS, CASE Newcomers in Development and CASE Campaign Strategies Conferences on topics including campaigns, volunteer management, and annual fund,” said Shiffert. “In 2007, she received CASE’s crystal apple for excellence in teaching.”