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Advancement VP finalists named

Search committee and university leaders will meet with 4 candidates

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


Central Michigan University has selected four finalists for the position of vice president for advancement:

  • mug-cotter.jpgJennifer Cotter is CMU's executive director of advancement & campaign. She was director of campaign and advancement services from 2016-18, and planned and major gift officer from 2014-16.  From 2010-14, she served as director of development for CMU's College of Education & Human Services. Before that she was director of development and marketing at Woodland Hospice and Morey Bereavement Center in Mount Pleasant. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from CMU in 2001 and an executive leadership certificate from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management in 2018.
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  • Joshua McCoy was the University of Oregon's assistant vice president of development, campaign director (2015-June 2019), campaign director (2014-15), director of campaign projects (2014), and senior director of development for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (2012-14). He previously worked for the University of Florida Foundation (2006-12) as the Florida Museum of Natural History's director of development (2008-12) and director of development for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (2006-08). McCoy received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science from Florida State University in 2002.
  • mug-Spencer.jpgMatt Spencer was senior executive director of advancement at University of Utah Health from 2018-July 2019. From 2013-18, he was associate vice president of development and university advancement, and executive director of development and university advancement, at Weber State University in Utah. He also served as chief executive officer for the Colorado Mountain College Foundation from 2010-13. He received his Master of Science degree in sport organization from Miami University, Ohio, in 2001 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from Willamette University, Oregon, in 1999.

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  • Heidi Tracy is an independent advancement consultant providing support and guidance to organizations. From 2015-18, she was a consultant for advancement strategy, and vice president for university advancement and executive director of the TWU Foundation, at Texas Woman's University. She also served as vice president for institutional advancement at Otterbein University from 2009-15 and assistant vice president for individual giving at Carnegie Mellon University from 2006-09. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University and attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Each of the four finalists will visit campus to meet with university leaders and the search committee of 12 CMU faculty, administrators and staff. Executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates is assisting.

CMU's next vice president for advancement will replace Bob Martin, who retired effective June 30. Michael Alford, CMU Zyzelewski Family associate vice president and director of athletics, leads the university's advancement and alumni relations division in the interim.


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