Sept. 28, 2016
Announcing Vice President for University Advancement
Dear Campus Colleagues,
As you know, Dr. Michele Lahti assumed the interim position when Ms. Shirley Pok announced her resignation in mid-July. At that time, I announced that I would conduct a national search for a new vice president.
However, over the course of the past 90 days, I have worked closely with Michele and witnessed first-hand her exemplary knowledge, expertise and deep personal connections to so many external partners in our surrounding communities. It has been clear in my interactions that the community has a genuine trust and strong relationship with our campus through Michele. I have also received encouragement from faculty leaders and members of our Philanthropic Foundation Board who agree that having Michele assume this role as Vice President would be very beneficial to the campus and our region. Finally, I have consulted with Chancellor White and his team who support this decision.
Therefore, I am delighted and pleased to share that I will permanently appoint Dr. Michele Lahti as the Vice President for University Advancement, effective immediately.
Michele has more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience as a leader and administrator in higher education advancement. Her record of success includes building programs, partnerships and systems that have increased private support, fortified relationships and fostered collaboration. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and master's degree in Communications both from the University of the Pacific and her undergraduate degree in Communications from Sacramento State.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Michele Lahti on her new role as Vice President for University Advancement at Stanislaus State.