Saint Mary’s University is proud to announce the appointment of Erin Sargeant Greenwood to the position of Vice-President of Advancement, effective Feb. 1, 2017.
Sargeant Greenwood is coming from the University of Waterloo where she held leadership positions in Advancement since joining in 2008, first as Associate Vice-President, Development, and most recently as Interim Vice-President, Advancement. As Interim Vice-President, she was responsible for strategic fundraising and alumni relations programs across the university, locally, nationally and internationally and accountable for raising more than $50 million per year for the university.
"Erin brings more than 20 years of experience in advancement and not-for-profit management to Saint Mary's," said Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President of Saint Mary's University. "We are very pleased to welcome someone who is a strategic, collaborative leader to this critically important position and we look forward to working with Erin in the near future.
The Vice-President, Advancement portfolio is new to Saint Mary’s University and has an important role to play in advancing the goals and ambitions outlined in our Institutional Strategic Plan. Sargeant Greenwood and the Advancement team will provide leadership to the entire university community in deepening the university’s focus on friend-raising and fundraising, on engaging external benefactors, our internal community, and our alumni, encouraging them to connect with and give back to the university with its 214 year-old history of providing value and values.
During her time at University of Waterloo, Sargeant Greenwood provided exemplary leadership to portfolios that spanned all aspects of development including annual, planned, major and principal gifts, along with faculty relations and campaign strategy. Her portfolios also included strategic direction for donor relations and stewardship, alumni relations and advancement communications. In addition to serving on university committees and representing the university in the community, she was a resource to the Board of Governors and a member of Senate.
Sargeant Greenwood has also been a leader at organizations such as York University, Nipissing University and Branksome Hall and as a consultant at KCI Philanthropy where she successfully led two hospital campaigns and worked with more than 15 not-for-profits across every sector as Associate Vice-President of the firm.
Sargeant Greenwood is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and a member of CASE, CCAE, CAGP and AFP. An active volunteer and conference presenter, Sargeant Greenwood is well-known and respected as an advancement leader in Canada and beyond.