Penelepe Hunt is UIC's Vice Chancellor for Development and Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation and the chief development officer for the University of Illinois at Chicago. She heads a comprehensive program that includes seventeen schools and units, a central development office, and UIC's component of the University of Illinois ' upcoming $2 billion campaign. Penny manages a staff of 95 and works closely with deans and senior administrators of the campus and university to build UIC's philanthropy programs. Since she arrived at UIC in 2004, she has instituted a monthly deans' training program, led the colleges and units in a development assessment and planning program, and spearheaded the campus' preparations for the system-wide campaign that was publicly launched in June 2007.
She is jointly appointed at the University of Illinois Foundation as Senior Vice President for Campus Development.
Prior to joining UIC, Penny spent thirteen years at Northwestern University , where she directed the university's $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign. As associate vice president for development, she led Campaign Northwestern to a final total of $1.55 billion, making it one of the most successful campaigns in higher education. While directing the campaign, she also managed the major gift operations of seven schools and the university art museum. In previous assignments at Northwestern, Penny directed the Campaign for Scholarships and managed the university annual giving program.
Before joining Northwestern, she was director of development for the Des Moines Art Center and has been acting director of development for the Illinois Arts Alliance and director of annual giving for Pomona College . She has also served as a principal with the Woolbright Group, a consulting firm in Rochestery, New York .
Penny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Pomona College , and a Masters of Management with distinction from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.
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