George Fox University hires Michael Reza as vice president of advancement

July 26th, 2018

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The former Oregon State University development officer brings more than 12 years of experience in higher education leadership

NEWBERG, Ore. (July 26, 2018) – Michael Reza, an individual with more than 12 years of higher education leadership experience – the last eight of which were spent in development and alumni positions at Oregon State University – has been hired as vice president of advancement at George Fox University. He will begin his new assignment July 30.

At Oregon State, Reza had worked as associate director of development for the school’s Honors College and scholarship initiatives since October of 2015. Among his responsibilities were overseeing fundraising strategy, major gift solicitation, board recruitment and volunteer management for OSU’s Honors College.

Previously, Reza served for two years as assistant director of development for Oregon State’s regional programs, for which he traveled regularly to California and Arizona to visit with major gift prospects and major gift donors. In fiscal year 2014, he raised more than $500,000 in the first year of the regional development program.

His job at George Fox will entail leadership of the school’s advancement team, responsible for generating giving to the school’s Student Fund, endowment and capital projects. The office also oversees the school’s planned giving program.

“As a Christian, the prospect of working for an institution like George Fox, where faith is a central role in the educational mission, is exciting,” Reza said. “President [Robin] Baker’s vision and passion for the university is inspiring, and all of the people that I met on campus shared his passion for the university. The other thing that attracted me to George Fox was the fact there is a great story to tell here. The staff, alumni, students and community should be proud of the university’s growth, high-quality education and impact.

“I look forward to helping tell the George Fox story and inspiring others to support this terrific institution and our mission. I am also excited about the opportunity for me and my family to join the university community and grow in our faith and spiritual life.”

Prior to his employment in OSU’s development office, Reza worked as the business development director for the Oregon State Alumni Association from 2010 to 2013. His duties included managing the office’s advertising and sponsorship budget and working collaboratively with the association’s board of directors, athletics, Beaver Sports Properties, academic units and departments to generate revenue streams and financial support for the Alumni Association’s programs and outreach efforts.

Reza also worked as Portland regional director for the OSU Alumni Association in 2011-12, managing all aspects of event programming, budgeting, supervision and planning of association events in the Portland metro area.

His career in higher education began in 2006, when he worked as a graduate assistant for alumni clubs, college relations and multicultural programs in the University of Arizona Alumni Association. The following year, he began a three-year tenure as director of membership and marketing for the University of California, Irvine’s Alumni Association, for which he developed and produced marketing and communications materials for constituent groups and, as director of membership, helped generate a then-record $575,000 in revenue in fiscal-year 2008.

“We are coming off the success of a recent campaign and are looking forward to the vision and leadership that Michael Reza will bring to George Fox University,” Baker said. “With his extensive experience on the Oregon State development team, we believe he will bring direct and knowledgeable leadership at a key moment in the university’s history. He also connects strongly with our Christian mission as he and his wife have been members of the Westside: A Jesus Church community.”

In addition to his job responsibilities, Reza is active in volunteering. Among his recent contributions were serving on the board of directors and as incoming chair of opportunity and inclusion for the Council of Advancement of Support of Education – District VIII (2017 to present); serving on the CASE District XIII Opportunity and Inclusion Scholarship Program Committee (2014-17); serving on the Oregon Zoo Wild Life Board (2010-14); and volunteering as an internship program mentor for a PhD student and master’s-level student from underrepresented backgrounds (2016).

Reza holds a master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in local government and nonprofit management, from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

George Fox’s search committee was assisted by the team of Price Harding, III, a partner and founder of CarterBaldwin Executive Search of Atlanta, a search firm that specializes in Christian higher education.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Contact:
Robin Baker
President, George Fox University
503-554-2102

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