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Duquesne Names John Plante Vice President for University Advancement

Duquesne University has named John P. Plante as vice president for University Advancement.

Plante will oversee all University fund raising, including capital campaigns, foundation and corporate relations, and planned giving, as well as alumni relations and public relations.

“The experience that John Plante brings to Duquesne will dovetail with the plans and mission of the University, as we continue serving the educational and spiritual needs of our students and move Duquesne’s legacy into the future,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, University president. “We welcome John to campus and look forward to his leadership in areas critical to the University’s ongoing success.”

Plante has an extensive background at private and Catholic institutions. He has served as vice president for development and alumni relations at Washington & Jefferson College since 2003. He oversaw the completion of a comprehensive campaign that raised $105 million through June 2006, substantially growing the college’s development program. Previously, he held positions as vice president for institutional advancement at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati; director of advanced giving and director of development and college relations at the University of Cincinnati Foundation; and vice president of development and finance for Lasallian Schools of Southern California in Pasadena. His corporate experience includes serving as controller for SoPac Development Corp. in Pasadena and accounting manager for TRW Space & Defense Systems in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Besides maintaining professional memberships, including the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Plante has been an active volunteer with the Mount Lebanon Athletic Association, a board member and development committee chair of the Hamilton County Arc in Ohio, and has led campaigns for church and Scout groups.

“Duquesne’s commitment to high academic standards and emphasis on values, diversity, service and social responsibility is rooted in its Catholic, Spiritan tradition,” Plante said. “This tradition creates an environment that supports encouraging stewardship to perpetuate the University mission.”

Plante, who was selected after a nationwide search, replaces Carol Carter, who resigned in July. His appointment is effective Jan. 29.

Plante is married to Christine Photos and is a resident of Mount Lebanon.

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