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Vol 58 No. 2 : February, 2006
Vol 58 No. 2 : February, 2006
Taylor Returns as V.P. of UR&D

Andrea Taylor, a former student and development director at CSULB, has returned to her alma mater and assumed her duties as the campus’ new vice president of University Relations and Development (UR&D).

Taylor, who earned her M.S. in psychology at CSULB in 1983, began her vice presidential post on Jan. 30. Her position is the first appointment made by CSULB President F. King Alexander, and she succeeds Aristide Collins, who left last June to pursue a similar position at another institution.

Taylor, 47, comes to The Beach after 10 years at UC Irvine, where she primarily served as the executive director of development for the health sciences area and, most recently, was appointed assistant vice chancellor of the university’s 10-year campaign, with a working goal of $1 billion. Prior to her work at UCI, she was a development director for the College of Health and Human Services at CSULB from 1991-95.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back at Cal State Long Beach. This university has meant a great deal to me, both personally and professionally,” Taylor pointed out. “I strongly believe in the mission of this institution and its focus on teaching students and preparing them for success as career professionals and good citizens. It is my goal to support that overall mission and contribute to that final outcome in any way that I can.”

As the vice president of UR&D, Taylor is responsible for the overall management of the university’s fund-raising efforts, providing direction for a diverse and multi-faceted development program that raises some $25 million annually. One of her initial focuses of the job will be to create and launch plans for CSULB’s first major capital campaign.

Andrea Taylor

Additionally, Taylor also oversees the alumni relations and public affairs/publications operations on the campus. CSULB has more than 200,000 alumni, the majority of whom live in the greater Los Angeles County and Orange County regions. Taylor said she would like the campus to re-connect with the former students to build more philanthropic support. She will deliver campus messages to select audiences, support the university’s communication objectives and play a role in enhancing the university’s image.

In all, Taylor will supervise and direct the work of a professional and clerical staff of approximately 65.

“Fund raising is a priority throughout the CSU system and, at Cal State Long Beach, we have a new president who has a clear vision of where the campus’ development efforts should and need to go,” Taylor explained. “I look forward to working with the president, other vice presidents, deans, faculty members and the UR&D staff in moving our advancement program to that next level.”

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