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Expanding Our Outreach and Philanthropic Support
Introducing Leigh Ann Hartman and Lana Wickliffe

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By Tim Akin

With the $1 billion Campaign for UC Davis closing in on a goal of engaging 100,000 donors to support the university’s mission, the Graduate School of Management has brought aboard two experienced professionals to help donors connect with and invest in the School’s priorities, programs and initiatives.

In early June, Lana Wickliffe joined as director of development, a new position, followed by Leigh Ann Hartman as senior director of development later in the month.

“Leigh Ann and Lana bring valuable experience in higher education and nonprofit management,” said Judy Nagai, assistant dean of development and external relations. “They both have business degrees and understand the impact that philanthropy has on our ability to provide the best student experience for generations to come.”

Coming from the Big 12 Conference, Hartman previously served as director of development at the Kansas University (KU) Endowment Association. She spent nearly seven years building support for KU’s School of Engineering, raising more than $6 million during her tenure. She also served as a regional development officer and helped launch a $1 billion campaign for KU. She was a member of the Engineering Development Forum Executive Committee from 2008–2011, and is a former steering committee member for the Women Philanthropists for KU. Previously, Hartman was the coordinator of alumni relations and public relations at Missouri Valley College.

Hartman earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Missouri Valley College, and an MBA from the University of Central Missouri.

“I’m looking forward to pairing individual passions with the needs of the School to enhance existing programs, add unique opportunities and strengthen the value a degree from the Graduate School of Management holds in industry,” Hartman said.

Moving from the Lone Star State, Wickliffe brings more than six years of experience managing corporate workplace campaigns for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, where she stewarded loyal donors and built new relationships to establish corporate donor programs. She worked closely with volunteers to help them create successful workplace campaigns, including one at Frito-Lay that raised more than $3 million annually.

Wickliffe was previously an account executive at Moroch, J. Walter Thompson and Publicis advertising agencies. She earned a bachelor of business administration from the other “Aggie” university: Texas A&M.

“This is an exciting time of growth and potential at the Graduate School of Management,” Wickliffe said. “My experiences at the United Way helping major donors match their philanthropic interests will be very helpful working with those who want to further the School’s mission and secure our future as one of world’s top-ranked business schools.”

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