DHR Global Places SVP for DePaul University’s Division of Advancement and External Relations.
February 24, 2023 – Talent advisory firm DHR Global has helped to place Katie Fraumann as senior vice president for the Division of Advancement and External Relations at DePaul University in Chicago. A well-rounded fundraiser, Ms. Fraumann has more than 20 years of experience building large-scale international capital campaigns for academic and athletic programs in complex higher education institutions. DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama headed the assignment.
DePaul’s Division of Advancement and External Relations is currently led by Lori Smedley, who has served as interim vice president since last April. Ms. Smedley was serving as associate vice president for advancement when she was tapped for the interim role. Ms. Fraumann assumes her new role effective April 3.
She comes to DePaul from the University of Michigan, where she is responsible for raising $35 million in new gifts annually as executive associate athletic director for development and sport administrator for men’s basketball. Ms. Fraumann’s previous roles include leading fundraising efforts for the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Public Health. She also raised more than $500 million for the “Victors for Michigan Campaign.”
A Key Leadership Role
“Katie’s passion for DePaul’s mission combined with her vision for the university’s philanthropic expansion matches our goal to transform into the national leader in higher education,” said DePaul University president Robert L. Manuel. “I’m very happy to welcome Katie and her family to DePaul, and I look forward to our partnership as we design a highly ambitious capital campaign that will enable us to extend DePaul’s Catholic, Vincentian mission even further.”
Ms. Fraumann will lead all fundraising and alumni relations efforts, including the design and implementation of a major capital campaign that will lay the foundation for the university’s long-term success. A member of the president’s cabinet and key liaison to the board of trustees, Ms. Fraumann will oversee annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, donor relations, parent engagement, advancement services, advancement communication, and special events.
Ms. Fraumann is the co-founder of WOMAN, which stands for Women of Michigan Athletics Network. Recognizing the value of women in leadership positions, she launched the initiative to serve as a model of equity and inclusion. The program helps those seeking career advancement overcome barriers. Ms. Fraumann also serves on the Michigan athletics diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, as well as the development budget planning committee, and the university-wide fundraising collaboration and prospect coordination committee.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Fraumann worked throughout the University of Michigan in a variety of development roles, each with increasing responsibility. She was executive director for development and alumni engagement for the School of Public Health. She also worked as director of development in the Office of University Development and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Before joining the University of Michigan, Ms. Fraumann was assistant director for development at the University of Illinois College of Business. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan.
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DHR Global has assisted in the recruitment of Kenny Payne as the sixth men’s head basketball coach for the University of Louisville. He replaces Chris Mack, who mutually parted ways with the school in January. DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama headed the assignment. “As I stated when we began this process in early February, the University of Louisville is a destination job and the strength of our candidate pool proved this out,” said interim athletic director Josh Heird. “After a thorough national search during which we sat down with a number of expectational coaches, it was clear that Kenny Payne was what we need. His basketball knowledge, his passion for his student-athletes, his vision for our program and his understanding of what Louisville Basketball means to our city and to our institution, are evident.”
“I feel truly honored to join DePaul,” said Ms. Fraumann. “Community service always has been an important part of my life, and DePaul’s mission to serve the public good immediately resonated with me. I’m excited to help launch DePaul into a position of strength, as we design a future that will create tremendous opportunities for our students and our community.”
Since 1989, DHR Global has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly owned offices spanning the globe. The firm’s consultants specialize in all industries and functions, providing senior-level executive search, management assessment, and succession planning services.
Mr. Sugiyama’s past searches include the 2006 Stanford football search that landed Jim Harbaugh. He assisted Purdue in hiring former Cardinal Jeff Brohm as its football coach and Florida State University (FSU) in an athletic director search that saw former University of Louisville AD Vince Tyra become a candidate before FSU hired Seminole Boosters CEO Michael Alford.
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