New VP for Advancement

Nov 10, 2006

Dennis Washington will join Kettering's leadership team and lead fund-raising efforts when he joins the campus on Dec. 4.

Dennis Washington is the new vice president for University Advancement at Kettering University. Washington is currently the director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at Central Michigan University. He will join Kettering's staff on Dec. 4.

Kettering President Stan Liberty said he is pleased that Washington will be joining his leadership team. "Dennis brings a long list of corporate and foundation business contacts with him, especially in the Detroit area. We are looking forward to his arrival at Kettering and the expertise in University Advancement that he will bring to our campus."

Washington said he is "deeply honored" with the opportunity. "I look forward to beginning work as the new vice president for University Advancement at Kettering University in December. The Kettering University family, from President Liberty to the Advancement staff, warmly welcomed me already during the interview process," he said. "I am eager to get to work and I look forward to this new endeavor. On behalf of my family, I appreciate this opportunity and President Liberty's faith and trust in me."

Washington replaces Darryl Sczepanski, who left earlier this year to be vice president for Advancement at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and the executive director of the EMU Foundation.

At Kettering, Washington will direct the University Advancement division and supervise the staff members who support individual giving, corporate and foundation giving, and alumni relations. He will also serve as a member of the President's Cabinet, the University's leadership team.

Washington, 41, has been at CMU since 2002. At CMU, he was responsible for developing and building relationships with corporations and foundations in support of internship and placement opportunities for CMU students and graduates, equipment donations, corporate sponsorships, scholarship support,program support, professorships, matching gift support, and specific financial support for the various CMU colleges, athletics, public broadcasting stations, and library. He served as a staff member for the CMU Development Board and chaired CMU's Corporate Meeting Group.

Prior to working at CMU, he was a senior consultant for Public Sector Consultants; a grants coordinator for the City of Lansing; and a planner for Capital Area Michigan Works. He is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support for Education (CASE) and serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Boarshead Theatre in Lansing. He is a deacon at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing.

He and his wife, Christine, have one daughter. The family lives in DeWitt, Mich.

Written by Patricia Mroczek