University of the Pacific appoints Vice President for Development
University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck today announced the appointment of Christopher M. Johnston as Vice President for Development. Johnston will oversee fundraising for the University and begin planning for a future comprehensive campaign. He begins his new role at Pacific in August 2010.
Johnston is currently Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of California, Irvine, where he is responsible for the strategic management of the university's campus development operations. Over the past decade, Johnston has worked in increasingly senior development positions at UC Irvine. Under the Vice Chancellor, he played a key role in directing UC Irvine's $1 billion Shaping the Future comprehensive campaign. That campaign recently surpassed its halfway point (currently at $524 million), involving nearly 128,000 gifts and donors. It is the largest fundraising campaign in Orange County's history.
"I am delighted to bring Chris to lead our team at Pacific," said President Eibeck. "He has a passion for raising money, a track record of bringing in major gifts, and understands how to orchestrate a successful campaign."
Johnston will oversee Pacific's fundraising operations, including advancement services, major gifts, planned gifts, the Pacific Fund, and corporation/foundation relations. He will work closely with fundraising officers in each school and college, in athletics, and will work closely with Vice President for External Relations Ted Leland and his staff in alumni relations.
"I am very impressed with Pacific's rich history, with President Eibeck's leadership and vision for the future, and with the leadership teams across the three-city university," said Johnston. "Pacific is a very special place and I am excited to be reunited with the Pacific family and its alumni, parents, family and friends, and to build on the university's already impressive record of achievement."
Johnston is not a newcomer to Pacific: From 1997 to 2000, he was Senior Director of Development for Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business and the School of Engineering (now the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences). He was also acting director of the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at Pacific. Prior to that, Johnston was assistant director of the Presidential Fellows Programs at the USC Leadership Institute, then director of International Professional Programs at UC Riverside. He has been at UC Irvine since 2000, with the exception of a two-year period at the University of Virginia as Assistant Vice President in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Senior International Officer in the Office of International Affairs.
Johnston is well-known in higher-education fundraising, having been part of an award-winning Advancement team at UC Irvine that has won 55 gold, silver and bronze medals from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He is a frequent speaker on the subjects of university fundraising, transformational campaigns, principal gifts and foundation board development at CASE and at other conferences nationally and internationally.
Johnston earned a J.D. at USC in 1992, as well as master's degrees in East Asian Studies with concentrations in Japanese and Chinese in 1994. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University, where he earned a degree in Theater Arts and Cinema. He is also a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving from The American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at California State University, Long Beach.