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December 5, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis—Viterbo University has named a new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Gary Klein,  who is currently the Vice President for Advancement at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, will begin his new position at Viterbo starting Jan. 14.

The announcement comes at the conclusion of national search that was conducted as part of the selection process.

In Klein’s five-year tenure at Saint Mary’s, he has been involved in all aspect of fundraising, most recently managing strategic planning and development of major gifts for the university. He previously was employed at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D . and the University of South Dakota-Vermillion.

At Viterbo, in addition to major gifts, Klein will oversee planned giving programs and capital and endowment support. During the last fiscal year, Viterbo recorded nearly $4.2 million in gifts from individual donors, businesses and foundations and the endowment which is used for scholarships and specifically designated programs, now exceeds $10.6 million.

"The selection committee was very impressed with Gary’s background in advancement and his commitment to private education and our mission," said Viterbo President William J. Medland. "He is going to bring a lot of energy and new ideas to the position at a time that is very important to Viterbo."

For his part, Klein is looking forward to the challenge."Viterbo has a lot of initiatives planned for the future and I’m very grateful to be a part of these activities.  It is going to be very exciting to share these plans with the many members of the community who are interested in what is going on at Viterbo."

Klein, who lives in La Crosse, is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.

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