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.
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,”
Dingwall 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
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
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.