David T. Blasingame, vice chancellor for alumni and development programs, has been promoted to executive vice chancellor in recognition of his leadership and for his success in executing the Campaign for Washington University that secured more than $1.5 billion and much visibility for the University’s academic programs during the last nine years.
The announcement was made by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
“David Blasingame’s skillful management of our highly successful campaign deserves recognition, and I believe this promotion reflects our gratitude for a job extraordinarily well done,” Wrighton said. “He and his team have built an exceptional program of volunteer leaders and a record-setting number of donors whose support has provided the University with much-needed resources.
“Beyond his leadership of the campaign, David Blasingame is an invaluable future contributor to the advance of the University. He is a powerful advocate for the academic enterprise, and he is a key member of the University Council.”
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Under his new title as executive vice chancellor, Blasingame will continue his current responsibilities for all development activities for all schools of the University, as well as for alumni and parent relations.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University in psychology in Arts & Sciences in 1969 and then a master of business administration from the Olin School of Business in 1971. From 1971-73, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Blasingame joined the University in 1974 as associate director of alumni relations. In 1976, he was named associate director for alumni annual giving, and in 1978 he became director of development for the Olin School and University College.
In May 1985, he became executive director for schools alumni and development programs, and later that year he was promoted to assistant vice chancellor with the added responsibilities of alumni and parent relations.
Two years later, he was promoted to associate vice chancellor and director of alumni and development programs, assuming responsibility for the offices of corporate and foundation relations, and planned giving. In 1990, he became vice chancellor for alumni and development programs.