AUBG Appoints New Vice President for Advancement
The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) welcomes Mr. Craig Hyland as the new Vice President for Advancement, effective January 2020. Hyland comes from Pace University where he served as Executive Director of Major Gifts. At AUBG, he will be leading AUBG’s strategic fundraising efforts, alumni engagement activities and foundation relations.
“The Vice President for Advancement position provides a great opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of students and the communities they will impact,” said Hyland. “I welcome the opportunity to be a part of AUBG’s future, and look forward to sharing more about my experiences and learning about your goals.”
Hyland’s appointment comes after a months-long thorough search process. The four finalists had interviews with AUBG Board of Trustees members, meetings with AUBG leadership members and visits on campus. Hyland impressed the committee members not only with his vast experience in the fundraising field, but also with his commitment to higher education and dedication to changing lives.
“Mr. Hyland’s outstanding career and extensive fundraising experience will benefit AUBG immensely,” said AUBG BoT Chair Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco. “I look forward to working with this seasoned professional and believe that we will build on the successes achieved over the past few years.”
Hyland is a creative and results-driven fundraising professional with over twelve years of experience in creating relationships, generating revenue, developing strategic programs and managing diverse teams.
“Hyland’s expertise will help us give students even more opportunities for high-quality education and empower them to bring positive change to the world,” AUBG Interim President Dr. David R. Evans said.
Prior to joining AUBG, Mr. Hyland served as Executive Director of Major Gifts at Pace University; as Director of Advancement at City University of New York School of Medicine; and as Assistant Dean and Director for Advancement at University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. During his time at Pace University, Hyland reformed the major gift program, resulting in fundraising increasing from $2.8 million to nearly $9 million over just three years. While at the University of Illinois at Chicago before that, he built a comprehensive advancement program that resulted in unprecedented growth for the school, increasing overall fundraising from under $500,000 to over $4,200,000. Hyland holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, as well as a BA in social work from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.