CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2006) —Erikson Institute, one of the nation’s leading graduate schools in child development, has named Eileen B. Murphy its vice president for institutional advancement.

Murphy, 59, brings to Erikson more than 16 years of experience in all facets of development and a solid foundation in non-profit management. Most recently, she worked as director of the department of development for the 60,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where she oversaw strategy and implementation of the academy’s annual fund campaign and all major and planned gifts. As the leader of a seven-member staff, Murphy played a pivotal role in helping the Academy exceed a $7.5 million endowment goal during its 75th anniversary year.

“We were fortunate to find someone of Eileen Murphy’s experience and stature,” said Erikson Institute President Samuel J. Meisels. “She understands and believes in our work at Erikson, and you can see from her impressive track record that her passion for children carries over into her work ethic.”

Murphy sees her new role at Erikson Institute as a seamless transition, the next step forward in a career that has been devoted to helping people understand the importance of making a commitment to the future of children.

“I am thrilled to be in an environment where child development research and graduate student training is making a powerful impact on the lives of young children and the people who serve them. The funding is out there. I know from experience that I am not alone in the notion that the best way to invest in the future is to invest in the well-being of our children,” said Murphy.

As the lead officer for development, Murphy is charged with oversight and implementation of a development strategy and team that will help advance Erikson’s mission through increased funding support. She will lead the institute’s major gifts and planned giving efforts and annual giving programs, and will recruit new staff to assist with new campaigns.

Murphy’s depth of fundraising experience in the healthcare non-profit world includes leadership positions at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago; Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago; Albany Medical Center Foundation, Albany, N.Y.; and the University of Wisconsin Foundation in Madison, Wis.

As a director of development at the University of Wisconsin, Murphy was instrumental in helping the university’s foundation exceed a $400 million capital campaign goal. In addition, her vision led to the establishment of an annual fund for the university’s Medical Alumni Association.

As the former co-owner of a construction and real estate company in Madison, Murphy also brings nearly 20 years of private sector experience.

A native of Woodstock, Ill., Murphy received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in business from Edgewood College in Madison. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Medical Society Fundraising Network. She and her husband, Bruce Matthews, reside in Elmhurst, Ill.

About Erikson Institute
As the nation’s only graduate school to focus exclusively on child development from birth to age eight, Erikson Institute is an independent institution of higher education that prepares child development professionals for leadership through its academic programs, applied research and community involvement. Now entering its 40th year, Erikson Institute advances the ability of educators, practitioners, researchers and decision-makers to improve the lives of children and their families.

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