Stout University Foundation names senior development officer

February 9, 2017

A new senior development officer has been named by Stout University Foundation, which serves University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Michelle Dingwall, of Menomonie, began work Monday, Feb. 6. She will be part of the Foundation’s efforts to expand major gift fundraising.

“I could not be more pleased with the addition of Michelle to our fundraising team,” said Mark Parsons, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing and executive director of the Foundation. “She brings outstanding skills and experience to the position as a development officer at a time when the Foundation is expanding its comprehensive fundraising program to provide greater support for UW-Stout.

“Her proven track record in fundraising and establishing external partnerships, as well as knowledge of UW-Stout and outstanding service to the greater Menomonie community, will enable Michelle to have immediate and positive impact on our fundraising capacity and our ability to more effectively serve the resource needs and philanthropic opportunities of the university,” Parsons said.

Michelle DingwallDingwall will work with alumni, business and industry, stakeholders and friends of UW-Stout, as well as maintain a working relationship with assigned academic units within the university to identify strategic partnership opportunities and areas for donor engagement.

“I look forward to fostering partnerships with key leaders to advance the mission of the university while helping businesses and communities thrive,” Dingwall said. “Creating a highly educated workforce is imperative for the success of our community. UW-Stout has a long-standing history of working closely with businesses to ensure graduating students have the skills necessary to succeed in today’s work environment.”

Dingwall has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising. For the past five years, she was CEO of the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

She was assistant director of Feed My People food bank in Eau Claire from 2007 to 2012 and director of external relations for the West Wisconsin Land Trust from 2003 to 2007. She was an associate development officer for the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine from 2001 to 2003 and a community gifts specialist with the St. Paul area American Red Cross from 1998 to 2001.

Dingwall has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Marquette University, a mini-Master of Business Administration in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas and will graduate in June from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management.

About Stout University Foundation

Since its inception in 1962, Stout University Foundation has awarded more than $11.5 million in scholarships to more than 8,000 students. It also provides financial support to the Chancellor's Office and the university's academic programs.

In September, the Foundation awarded scholarships valued at more than $760,000 to 380 UW-Stout students.

For more information on the Foundation, including how to donate or how to establish a scholarship fund, go to the website. The Foundation offices are in the Louis Smith Tainter House, 320 S. Broadway St.



Michelle Dingwall