VC for University Advancement Megan Olson departing UAA

by Sean Parnell, UAA Chancellor  |   

Dear UAA Community,

Please join me in thanking Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Megan Olson for her many years of inspiring service at UAA. Megan has informed me that she will leave her position at the end of the fall semester to spend more time with her family after seventeen years of dedicated university service and leadership.

Megan has been one of the most visible and effective external advocates for our university. During her tenure, she helped build the UAA Alumni Association into a powerful statewide network to lift and grow UAA. Her development successes include designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising campaign and cultivating and celebrating some of UAA’s most transformational philanthropic gifts.

Megan has been a key voice for UAA across Southcentral Alaska, publishing numerous op-eds advocating for UAA. She has served as a trustee for the Atwood Foundation alongside some of Alaska’s most successful leaders and served on the Foraker Operations Board for nearly a decade, helping to support nonprofit organizations across the state.

As a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Megan has been an instrumental part of my leadership team, as well as numerous chancellors before me. I have come to rely on her advice and insights, especially as UAA continues to navigate the uncertainty of the most serious pandemic of our lifetime. She has demonstrated incredibly effective crisis communications leadership throughout her time at UAA. Megan has built a capable Advancement team whose contributions are found in every corner of our campuses, while also leading the transformation of recruitment marketing, institutional branding and reputation marketing for UAA.

Megan is a consummate professional who has wholly devoted herself to the development of UAA. Megan and her spouse, Brad, are cumulatively major donors to UAA. Her passion for UAA, seen through her work overseeing alumni relations, development and university relations, will be greatly missed. Please join me in thanking Megan for her countless contributions and wishing her the best for many future successes.

Sean Parnell
UAA Chancellor

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