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LOS ANGELES – March 25, 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design has appointed Carrie Stewart as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. As a member of the senior administration team, Stewart will provide vision, oversight and direction for the areas of Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, Development, and Special Events.
Stewart has an extensive background of more than 23 years in advancement at higher education institutions in California. She began her career at her alma mater, California State University, East Bay, as the first alumni coordinator for the university. She most recently served as Associate Vice President for University Advancement at California State University, Fullerton. During her nearly ten years there, she helped build the advancement division, serving in a variety of key leadership roles including providing oversight and direction for alumni relations, advancement operations, strategic communications, university sponsorships, major events and central development. During this period the university realized unprecedented growth in private support of over 20% a year and more than doubled the size of its endowment.
“Carrie’s outstanding track record is a clear measure of her strategic capacity to achieve goals, and her consummate professionalism,” noted Otis President Samuel Hoi. “We are pleased to welcome Carrie to Otis and look forward to working with her to continue to grow our successes.” In accepting her appointment Stewart said “Otis is well-known for being in the vanguard of innovation in education. The creativity of Otis students and their achievements as alumni are a testament to that fact. I’m delighted to be part of a team that is dedicated to making this extraordinary educational community possible.”
Stewart is a frequently sought-after guest speaker, panelist, and workshop presenter on advancement related topics; volunteers her expertise for many organizations; and has received numerous awards, including ones from the Council for the Advancement in Support of Education, and from California State University. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Stewart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay in Physical Education and Kinesiology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills.