UPDATE: New VP of Institutional Advancement announced
Columbia’s next vice president of Institutional Advancement will be Patrick Sheahan effective Sept. 23, according to an administrative email sent Sept. 17.
As the vice president of Institutional Advancement, Sheahan will be in charge of raising money for the college.
Previously, Sheahan was head of community affairs and corporate social responsibility at UBS, an investment banking company, where he developed programs for 35 executives and more than 30,000 employees nationwide, according to the email.
He has been awarded multiple honors, including the Circle of Humanitarians Award from the American Red Cross, the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association, the Special Olympics of Chicago Corporate Award and the Chicago Council of Urban Affairs Diversity Award.
Sheahan is also the chairman of the Woods Fund of Chicago and has served on multiple boards including the Center on Halsted, the Goodman Theatre, Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, Civic Federation of Chicago, Chicago Community Trust LGBT Fund and the Nathaniel Mission of Lexington, Ky. He was also inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2007.
According to President Kwang-Wu Kim, the vice president of Institutional Advancement is an important position because the college is in need of new financial resources. Kim said he sought an experienced candidate with the ability can raise money for the college.
“[Sheahan] has an amazing track record of raising money for different organizations, but he has an unusual experience,” Kim said. “He has this corporate career and he is a major volunteer with a major presence in Chicago.”
Kim said Richard Kiphart, chair of the Board of Trustees, introduced him to Sheahan about a month ago. At first, the two met to please the chair, Kim said. After meeting five times, however, Kim said he was confident in his decision to offer Sheahan the position because of his experience and expressed interest in Columbia.
“[After those conversations], it started to become clear to me that maybe this is who I am looking for,” Kim said. “My experience is that very often the things that are meant to be is what you don’t expect.”