Randy L. Holgate Appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Chicago (NOVEMBER 18, 2009)—Randy L. Holgate, formerly senior vice president for university resources at the University of Chicago, has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Erikson Institute in Chicago. Erikson is the nation’s leading graduate school in child development and a major force in the field of early childhood in the United States.

“Erikson is a unique opportunity,” she says. “Like the larger universities where I’ve worked, it’s committed to excellent teaching, discipline-shaping research, and service in the community—but it’s all aimed exclusively at improving the lives of young children, not just in Illinois but all over the world. It’s an exciting challenge to help advance that mission.”

Holgate began her career in institutional advancement at Yale University and Hampshire College. She served in multiple roles over a 30-year career at the University of Chicago. As vice president for development and alumni relations, she led three successful capital campaigns; the most recent raised $2.4 billion.

Richard P. Kiphart, principal at William Blair and Company and chair of Erikson’s board of trustees, sums up the board’s response to the new appointment. “Randy has a tremendous talent for getting the right people to understand the importance of the institution she serves. This is evidenced by her highly accomplished career. We’re thrilled that Erikson will benefit from her skills, and I look forward to working with her.”

Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels notes that Holgate is joining Erikson at a pivotal moment in the nation’s history. “Not since Erikson was founded has there been such awareness of the importance of early childhood, and never before have we had an administration so clearly committed to investing in our children’s care and education. To add someone of Randy’s experience and accomplishments at this time is tremendously exciting. She’s one of the best higher education development professionals in the country, and one of the things that makes her so special is that her goal is to raise resources for the right reasons.”

The new vice president joins Erikson full time in January, but has already begun to participate in Institute-wide strategic planning, fundraising, and alumni relations. One of her first tasks will be to bring the Institute’s $30 million campaign, Fulfilling the Promise, to a close.< Holgate has served the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as chair of the national awards committee for institutional excellence in fundraising performance and as a member of the CASE District Five Board. She received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for significant fundraising achievements and service as a role model to the profession. She is currently on the boards of the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Smart Museum of Art, and the University of Chicago Women’s Board. She lives in Hyde Park with her husband, John Peterson.