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UC San Diego names Steve Gamer vice chancellor of advancement

The University of California, San Diego appointed Steve Gamer as vice chancellor of advancement with responsibility for leading campus fundraising efforts and alumni relations. He also will serve as president of the UC San Diego Foundation and will begin his service in January.

Gamer, an associate vice chancellor for development at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been at UCLA for 11 years and has more than 20 years of experience identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, corporations and foundations with a tailored approach to philanthropic giving. His senior leadership career includes the planning and execution of major fundraising campaigns, including the upcoming UCLA Centennial Campaign ($4.2 billion) and Campaign UCLA, which raised more than $3 billion.

“We are pleased to welcome Steve Gamer as the newest member of our campus leadership team,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Thanks to his remarkable accomplishments at UCLA, Steve will bring experience and insight into the importance of private support for public universities. Faced with continued state and federal budget cuts, UC San Diego and our sister campuses are becoming increasingly reliant on philanthropy to achieve our mission.”

Gamer joined the UCLA development program in 2002 and served as the director of development and external affairs for the International Institute until 2006. Subsequently, Gamer became the executive director for individual giving, overseeing the campus’s annual, major and planned giving efforts. From 2009-11, he served as executive director for campus-wide initiatives, responsible for managing fundraising programs including the Broad Stem Cell Institute, California NanoSystems Institute, the library, UCLA Extension and the International Institute. In 2009, he was also appointed the executive director of the UCLA Foundation.

In 2011, Gamer stepped up to lead UCLA’s development program. Under his leadership, the campus expanded its fundraising capacity in multiple areas while growing the organization to include special focus on donor relations and stewardship, scholarship fundraising, online giving and championing the conversion of a database gift accounting system to a constituent relationship management system. The collective result of these and many other leadership efforts, large and small, resulted in a record-setting fundraising year of $512 million in gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2012-13.

For fiscal year 2012-13, a total of 30,289 donors helped to continue this legacy of achievement, raising $150.3 million in private support — a 15 percent increase compared to the previous year. Gamer will play a leading role in the campus’s current development efforts and its upcoming capital campaign, which is expected to be launched in 2014.

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