CSU - Pueblo Foundation Announces new President/CEO, new hires, promotion


CSU - Pueblo Foundation Announces new President/CEO, new hires, promotion


PUEBLO –   The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation Board of Trustees announces the hiring of a new President/CEO, two new individuals, and the promotion of a third.

The CSU-Pueblo Foundation Board named Todd Kelly as the new President/CEO of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. Kelly will provide advice, counsel, and coordination for the CSU-Pueblo Foundation and its Board of Trustees, committees and affiliated organizations. He will implement and manage development plans to enhance the image and understanding of the University and to increase support for the university in accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the campus. He also will plan and develop approaches to solicit and acquire funds for the institution, including annual, planned, and major gift programs and specialized promotional campaigns, and will coordinate his development efforts with the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association, deans, and the entire University community.

“I am excited and honored to be able to work closely with President Di Mare, the Foundation Board, and the entire University community to help make CSU-Pueblo an even greater University than it already is,” said Kelly.

Kelly joins the Foundation from the university’s athletic program, where he served as the associate athletic director for development for the past nine years. In his role, he was responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting contributions and worked closely with the CSU-Pueblo Foundation in his efforts. In his tenure with the CSU-Pueblo athletics department, Kelly produced more than $500,000 annually for the benefit of the athletic program. For his efforts, Kelly was named the College Division Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. 

“I would like to thank the CSU-Pueblo athletic administrative staff and coaches for all their support in my former role as Associate AD for Development. They are doing great things in that department, and I want to help spread the excitement they have created throughout our campus,” said Kelly.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations from CSU-Pueblo in 1990 and a master’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006.

Nick Potter has been named the new Private Scholarship Administrator and will begin his duties on August 1, 2012. He replaces Emily King, who will move to Virginia next month with her husband. A graduate of CSU-Pueblo, Potter will lead the private scholarship awarding process, involving the awarding and monitoring of nearly 200 scholarships to approximately 350 students over the fall and spring semesters. He also will cultivate endowed and term scholarship donors and plan, design, develop, and administer strategies to garner additional private scholarship dollars.

Potter earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in mass communications and professional writing from CSU-Pueblo and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University-Global in 2010. Previous positions have included marketing coordinator at Pueblo City-County Library District, marketing manager at Pueblo Bank and Trust, and special events coordinator for the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce.
John Fujishiro has been named as the Foundation’s grant and research specialist. He will be responsible for researching various sources for available grant opportunities provided through public and private agencies as well as preparing grant applications and writing grant proposals. Fujishiro has extensive grant writing experience including securing more than $7.2 million for the HARP foundation and $1.2 million for the Twice the Ice Foundation. Fujishiro’s organizational skills are highlighted by his work with the HARP Foundation and its achievements. He received his bachelor’s degree in music and piano and a graduate degree in performance and theory from Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Institute Graduate School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lacy (Trainor) Desmond, former Foundation development assistant, was promoted to marketing and development specialist for the Foundation. As the marketing and development specialist, she will be responsible for the marketing and communications platform of the Foundation, lead all event planning and organization, and assist Kelly with development activities. Desmond has served the Foundation as the development assistant for two years assisting with marketing and event activities and providing administrative support to the Foundation office. Prior to her work within the Foundation, Desmond completed a marketing and public relations internship with Legacy Bank and served as their IT administrator. Desmond earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University-Fort Collins.

The CSU-Pueblo Foundation was created in 1954 to solicit, receive, invest, and disburse private gifts for Colorado State University-Pueblo and exists solely for the benefit of Colorado State University-Pueblo and its students.   

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.