March 25, 2013
After four years as Albion College's associate vice president for development, Shannon Duvall will depart Albion effective April 17 to become New College of Florida's next Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the New College Foundation.
At Albion, Duvall has been responsible for major and planned giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, prospect management and research, and staff development and training.
"I am deeply grateful for the many opportunities provided during my tenure at Albion," Duvall said. "Given my affection for and pride in Albion, leaving is not easy. I feel privileged to have worked with and gotten to know so many wonderful faculty, staff, alumni, and donors over the past four years. I wish the entire Albion family only the best."
At New College, Florida's honors college for the liberal arts and sciences, she will be responsible for all aspects of the College’s fund-raising program, including major and planned giving, the annual fund, and the New College Promise, the ongoing capital campaign.
Duvall was chosen after a national search. Dr. Donal O’Shea, president of New College, praised Duvall’s experience in securing large gifts, developing and managing giving programs, and generating a strong return on investment in fund raising. Much of this experience was gained at Albion.
“Shannon emerged from a very strong pool as the unanimous first choice of the selection committee,” O’Shea said. “The committee members were especially attracted by her professionalism, her impressive track record, her knowledge of all aspects of educational advancement, and her personal warmth. We are thrilled, and very proud, that she has chosen to join New College and we look forward to her guiding us to new levels of fundraising and accomplishment.”
“The opportunity to join such a strong leadership team headed by the visionary and charismatic President Donal O'Shea at one of the nation's leading public colleges for liberal arts and sciences was an opportunity I could not miss,” Duvall said.
Citing the need to “lead by example,” Duvall already has given to the New College annual fund even while she continues to support the Albion College Fund and fulfill her pledge for the Albion College athletics project. “Though I am leaving, I am still a Briton at heart. Supporting the College’s current projects is my responsibility – just as it is the responsibility of every Briton who believes in this vision for Albion,” she said. “Much like Albion, New College Advancement and the Foundation are engaged in an exciting transformation, one that will encourage constituents to invest in our unique liberal arts and sciences education in a manner that provides the foundation for our current and future students to solve societal and global issues.”
Before Albion, Duvall worked in development at Michigan State University for 10 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility. She also is a 2011 graduate of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Senior Leadership Academy.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Duvall is a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, studying higher, adult, and lifelong education administration. She received a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State in 2003 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte) in 1992.
She will begin work at New College on May 13.