University of California, San Diego
August 21, 2006
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD (including UCSD Medical Center)
ALL STUDENTS AT UCSD
|SUBJECT:||VICE CHANCELLOR FOR EXTERNAL RELATIONS|
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Keith E. Brant as the new Vice Chancellor for External Relations, effective September 1, 2006.
Brant, currently UCLA's assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations and executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association, will be responsible for attracting private financial support to the university, strengthening UCSD’s relationships with alumni and other supporters, and building UCSD’s reputation in the region. We are extremely proud to have Dr. Brant join the UCSD community. He brings with him tremendous expertise in helping to build UCLA’s successful External Affairs department.
Brant received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. from UCLA and has been part of the UC family for over 25 years. He has also worked as a consultant for a variety of higher education institutions including: the University of Pittsburgh, University of Georgia, Pomona College, University of Auckland, and Queensland University of Technology.
Brant’s expertise in advancement -- building enduring relationships with community supporters to promote advocacy and long term support for the University -- is precisely what UCSD was hoping to find in a new Vice Chancellor for External Relations. Brant brings a valuable, community-oriented perspective to UCSD, as well as an appreciation for strategic vision and strong management, and an understanding of how interdisciplinary initiatives can help foster success.
Collaborative leadership and strategic planning are two of Brant’s greatest strengths. At UCLA, he applied these skills to great benefit in several important efforts: to develop a demographically diverse alumni association that is the sixth largest collegiate organization of its type in the world; to strengthen internal and external communications with staff, students, faculty, alumni, donors, advocates, community leaders, and other constituencies; and to help build donor stewardship, and fundraising planning and strategies.
As a key member of UCLA’s external affairs team, Brant developed strong relationships with UCLA’s Foundation Board, Board of Governors, and Campaign Cabinet to advance UCLA’s philanthropic priorities. As UCSD enters its last year of the “Imagine What’s Next” campaign, this experience will prove invaluable as we plan for the future.
Brant’s many national higher education affiliations provide a solid foundation for UCSD, especially his role as a Trustee for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), chair of its Commission on Alumni Relations; and his work with the Council for Alumni Association Executives (CAAE). In addition he is an established contributor of many articles in higher education journals.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Brant to the UCSD and San Diego communities.
Marye Anne Fox