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The Scripps Research Institute names David Blinder senior VP for external affairs

David Blinder, Ph.D., was appointed senior vice president for external affairs at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).

Blinder joins TSRI from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was associate vice chancellor of university relations and vice president of the UC Berkeley Foundation. Blinder was senior manager of a fundraising effort, The Campaign for Berkeley, which was publicly launched in 2008 and has raised $2.7 billion toward a $3 billion goal.

“His leadership and accomplishments in development and management will be essential to our philanthropic efforts. I am very much looking forward to working with him to build a strong financial future for the institute,” said Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D., president and CEO of TSRI.

Blinder begins his new position, which oversees external affairs on both the Scripps California and Scripps Florida campuses, on March 1.

“I’m excited about the institute’s mission to advance biomedical discovery and human health and look forward to working with faculty and staff to advance President Marletta’s vision for Scripps,” Blinder said.

Blinder earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1972 and a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy from UC Berkeley in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He then joined Yale University as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy.

In 1987, he joined the philanthropy staff at Princeton University, while continuing to lecture in philosophy. Blinder became director of development for Princeton in 1992. At that time, he became involved in developing the university’s $1 billion 250th anniversary campaign.

In 1995, he joined Wellesley College as vice president for resources and public affairs. And in 2007, he joined UC Berkeley, where he was a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Council of Deans and UC Berkeley Foundation Campaign Steering Committee.

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