July 25, 2001

Sarah Ray
(802) 443 - 5794
Posted: July 25, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Sally C. Holland, who is currently director of development at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., has been named vice president for college advancement at Middlebury College. Holland's appointment was announced today by Middlebury president John M. McCardell, Jr. at a campus gathering that included Holland, her husband Paul Gerding, members of the vice president search committee, and staff of the division of college advancement.

In announcing Holland's selection, McCardell noted her extensive experience in fundraising for educational institutions. "I am extremely pleased that someone with Sally Holland's breadth and depth of experience in higher education administration and fundraising has accepted our offer to become vice president for college advancement at Middlebury College," said McCardell. "In her new post, Sally will take on the responsibility of leading a talented group of professionals in accomplishing a broad range of crucial advancement tasks that are vital to the continued success of the College," he said. "I look forward to working with such a capable and experienced professional."

Formerly designated the division of external affairs, the college advancement division includes the development office, alumni and parent programs, publications and World Wide Web activities, and the public affairs office. As vice president, Holland assumes her new responsibilities as the College officially closes the books on its Bicentennial Campaign, a multi-year fundraising effort which exceeded its $200 million goal by more than $10 million. The campaign ended on June 30, 2001.

Holland said she welcomes the opportunity to come to Middlebury College, and that she looks forward to the challenges that come with the post of vice president. "Middlebury has a strong history as a respected liberal arts college. It is now also widely regarded for its leadership in liberal arts education," said Holland. "Middlebury is an exciting place to be," she said. "I am energized by this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead as Middlebury builds on the successes of its bicentennial celebration and campaign."

At Williams College, Holland served in a number of fundraising positions, beginning as associate director of major gifts in 1991, and becoming director of development in 1997. Her four years as director of development include the three highest yearly gift totals in Williams history. From 1997-2001, the college received $164.6 million in gifts, earning a 2001 Circle of Excellence Award for "exemplary performance" from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Williams was one of only six liberal arts colleges so honored.

Prior to her employment at Williams, Holland was director of alumni relations, development, and communications at The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass., and from 1983-1986 she was campaign director for Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield Mass. Earlier, she served on the campaign staff of the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, N.H.

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Holland has also worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston, New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce Law Center, and the Boston University School of Theology.

Holland will assume her responsibilities at Middlebury fulltime in October 2001.