April 17, 1998

Veteran fund-raiser named to lead development efforts

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Robert Feldman

Robert Feldman, a veteran fundraising executive, has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Development and Executive Director of Medical Center Development, Vice Chancellor John S. Beasley II announced. Feldman, 59, currently serves as director of external relations at the Yale University School of Medicine and director of development at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

Feldman will be responsible for all development efforts in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Vanderbilt University Hospital and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Last year, the medical center received more than $40 million in private gifts to support research, clinical programs, financial aid and scholarships.

"Bob Feldman is a highly respected development professional and a wonderful person," said Beasley. "He will add a wealth of experience and creativity to our staff, and we are excited at his coming."

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Harry R. Jacobson added, "Development is an important element in meeting our goal of being one of the top academic health centers in the country. Bob Feldman is the kind of experienced executive who can continue to attract and expand alumni and community involvement critical to our growth."

A graduate of Yale and its law school, Feldman has more than 20 years of development experience. He joined Yale in 1994, directing fundraising, alumni affairs and public relations, and successfully completing a $285 million campaign as part of the university's overall $1.5 billion effort.

"I am honored to join the team at Vanderbilt," said Feldman. "The opportunity to work with John Beasley and Harry Jacobson is one of the most attractive aspects of this position. I'm confident that I can be both a good student of Vanderbilt's traditions and, hopefully, an effective leader of fundraising efforts to enhance facilities, research and patient care at the medical center."

Prior to Yale, Feldman served as vice president for development at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. From 1988 to 1991, he was president of the Turn of the Century Foundation in Boston. As vice president of Boston University from 1981 through 1991, Feldman led a $200 million campaign and raised annual contributions from $9 million to $58 million. His previous fundraising positions include executive director of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Fund in New York and deputy director of the Campaign for Yale.