Bryant Group Recruits Vice Chancellor for Advancement at the University of Washington Tacoma

October 24, 2023 – Following a national search Dallas-based executive search and talent development firm Bryant Group has placed Amanda Walker as vice chancellor of advancement at University of Washington Tacoma. Sarah Hempen, vice president, and Heather Wilensky, senior recruiter, led the assignment. “We were impressed by Amanda’s strong reputation as an exceptional leader and fundraiser,” said Sheila Edwards Lange, chancellor of UW Tacoma. “This expertise, combined with her deep ties to the Tacoma community, will help us expand the profound positive impact UW Tacoma has on the South Sound community.”

“As a proud Washingtonian with a deep-seated belief in the transformative power of higher education, I am honored to join Chancellor Lange and the entire University of Washington Tacoma community to build a bright and promising future for students and the region,” said Ms. Walker.

An experienced leader with over two decades of extensive fundraising and strategic team leadership experience, Ms. Walker brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. Most recently, she served as the vice president of institutional advancement at Purchase College in the SUNY system and executive director of the Purchase College Foundation and Charitable Entities. Prior to that, Ms. Walker served as CEO of the YWCA Pierce County and the vice president for advancement at The Evergreen State College.

In her new position, Ms. Walker will work jointly with Ms. Lange, as an integral member of the UW Tacoma chancellor’s executive leadership team and with the UW vice president for development. She will be responsible for oversight and implementation of all advancement activities on the UW Tacoma campus including marketing and communications, major gifts, and advancement services, said the Bryant Group.

Founded in 1990, the University of Washington Tacoma offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, minors, and study options; 15 graduate programs; and a variety of professional development courses and certificates. The university’s enrollment is 4,814, with 4,103 undergraduate students and 711 graduate students. Around 480 faculty and 320 staff support UW Tacoma’s active, urban campus.

Proven Recruiters

Bryant Group specializes in advancement, fundraising, and leadership for universities, hospitals, and other non-profits. Its services include recruiting, talent development, and leadership coaching. The organization’s higher education clients include Stanford University, Harvard University, Michigan State University, Baylor University, the University of New Mexico, and others. Its healthcare clients include UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, the Mayo Clinic in both Minnesota and Arizona, Henry Ford Health Systems, Betty Ford Center, to name just a few. Its other non-profit clients include the American Heart Association, March of Dimes in both California and New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and more.

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Bryant Group is led by CEO Sally Bryant. She joined the search firm in 2007 and brings 30 years of experience in advancement management, consulting and recruiting, as well as achievements from the corporate sales arena and success in other entrepreneurial activities.


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Christopher P. Bryant, co-founder and advisor of the Bryant Group, is a leader in the recruitment of advancement, development, and fundraising professionals. In 1988, he helped start what the firm describes as the country’s first executive search firm to specialize exclusively in philanthropy recruitment. Bryant Group is the successor firm, established in 2002. Now under the leadership of Ms. Bryant, the woman-owned firm focuses on advancing great leadership through executive search, leadership coaching and interim leadership services. Bryant Group has impacted more than 10,000 leaders and served more than 275 organizations.

Assignment Leaders

Ms. Hempen has over 20 years of fundraising and advancement leadership experience, serving most recently as assistant vice president of development at the University of South Florida. Having served both public and private universities, she has developed and led Annual Giving teams that consistently exceeded goals and created new revenue channels focused on building a pipeline for major gifts.

Ms. Wilensky joined Bryant Group in 2023 to support the team. She brings almost 20 years of alumni relations leadership experience to her role. Having served both public and private universities, she has successfully developed and led alumni engagement teams that consistently exceeded goals, evolved and established traditions and launched new programs to engage alumni and friends.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; and Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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