Kim Spang Named Vice President for Institutional Advancement
The current vice president for advancement at Lafayette College will become the newest member of Haverford’s Senior Staff on Aug. 1.
Following a nationwide search, Kim Spang will join the College as the next vice president for Institutional Advancement (VPIA). She will arrive on campus on August 1 following a long career at Lafayette where, starting in 2003, she held multiple roles on her way to leading that college's Development and College Relations team, which she has done since 2014.
“I am thrilled that Kim Spang will join Haverford as our next vice president for Institutional Advancement. Her impressive record of achievement at Lafayette shows her ability to translate mission and vision into wonderful relationships across alumni, families, students, staff, and faculty,” said Haverford President Wendy Raymond. “Kim is passionate about Haverford’s values-based liberal arts education and the world’s need for Fords’ ethical foundations. Throughout the search process, she demonstrated deep interest in who we are as a community, and how we operate collaboratively across the College to move boldly into the future.”
As the VPIA at Haverford, Spang will support and lead a team that builds and sustains understanding, appreciation, and philanthropic support for the educational mission of the College by nurturing relationships with alumni, current and prospective students, parents and families, and other friends of the College. As a member of Senior Staff, she will be the chief strategist and advisor to the president for donor cultivation and stewardship and campaign infrastructure and execution, and will partner with the Board of Managers to amplify its role in advancing Haverford's mission.
"I am excited to join this devoted team and build our plans for a strong campaign structure as we advance Haverford's strategic plan, Better Learning, Broader Impact – Haverford 2030," said Spang. "In the long term, my aim is to position Haverford as a philanthropic leader in higher education. I will focus on fostering a culture of giving and engagement and expand fundraising efforts to meet the changing dynamic of multiple generations and their desire to give generously. I will work to strengthen relationships with those who are closest to Haverford and have made important investments in the College’s future. With the IA team, we will secure the resources necessary to support Haverford's mission and its commitment to providing a transformative educational experience."
At Lafayette, Spang led the college through its historic Live Connected, Lead Change capital campaign, aptly stewarding it despite the global recession of 2008, as well as two presidential transitions, in 2013 and 2021. The campaign concluded in December 2018 and significantly exceeded its targets, raising a total of $425 million. In June 2019, under Kim’s leadership, Lafayette’s Development and College Relations team received the prestigious CASE Educational Fundraising Award in recognition of its “exceptional fundraising programs and activities” after raising a record $140 million in the last three years of the campaign. Prior to joining Lafayette, Spang worked as a Senior Sales and Marketing Manager for the Walt Disney Corporation for nine years, and in Admissions for DeSales University.
"Haverford's place as a leading liberal arts institution presents immense opportunities to shape the future," Spang noted. "I am deeply honored and excited to join such dedicated and talented leadership and advancement teams and become part of a community that prioritizes student development."
Spang serves as a board member on the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP), a non-profit entity focused on Easton’s economic well-being, historical integrity, programmatic development, vibrant culture, and urban hospitality. She also serves as a board member for the Easton Area Industrial Land Development Company, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the acquisition and restoration of commercial buildings in Easton's historic district. She is a member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and STAFF (Schools Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals). She is a recipient of the CASE Circle of Excellence Award, as well as Lafayette’s Gary A. Evans Administrative Prize.
"I believe in community," continued Spang, "and am genuinely excited about immersing myself in the vibrant Haverford community and learning from all those who make this College so special and welcoming. The College's focus on the relationship between students and faculty resonates with me greatly. That bond in higher education leads to academic excellence, future success for students, and builds an alumni community that is truly connected. Partnering with talented colleagues, I am eager to explore new avenues for philanthropic support."
Spang succeeds Interim VPIA Lauren Portnoy, who will return to her role as assistant vice president of Alumni and Constituent Engagement, and former VPIA Ara Serjoie.
“Now more than ever, the world needs the kinds of thinkers, citizens, and change-makers who graduate from Haverford," said President Raymond. "As we look forward to the upcoming comprehensive campaign in support of Haverford 2030, I am thrilled that Kim will help us mobilize the tremendous passion and dedication of the global Haverford community in support of current and future generations of students.”