Contact: Frank D. Martinez, 277-1811

June 8, 2001


Leslie ElgoodUniversity of New Mexico Vice President for Advancement Judy K. Jones today announced the appointment of Leslie Elgood to the position of UNM Director of Development and President of the UNM Foundation, Inc., effective immediately.

The UNM Foundation, Inc. is an incorporated not-for-profit organization with the responsibility to receive, invest and distribute gifts of private support to UNM. The UNM Development Office staffs and helps direct the Foundation in conjunction with the Foundation Board of Directors and Vice President Jones. Gifts to the UNM Foundation are tax deductible to the maximum provided by law.

Jones said Elgood's selection was the result of "a lengthy and rigorous search process." In Elgood, Jones said, "we have an individual who has the skills and experience we have been seeking for this position. Leslie is an experienced professional fundraiser. She has management experience both here and in her previous positions and she is familiar with UNM and the broader community. Under her leadership, our development program will continue to move forward."

"I am delighted that I have been selected to serve as Director of Development and I plan to provide the stability, leadership and expertise that will contribute to the continued growth and strengthening of the University's fundraising program," Elgood said.

Elgood, who has held the position on an interim basis since January, 2001, has 20 years of experience in fundraising and management. From 1998 to 2001, she served as director of Major Gifts for the UNM Foundation, Inc.

From 1992-98, she was general manager and director of development for Catholic Charities, Inc./Sacramento Food Bank Services. From 1986-91, Elgood was with the Sutter Hospitals Foundation, Sutter Health, first as assistant director of fund development and then as director.

Elgood earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Michigan in 1976 and participated in the Master's Studies Program in 1977-78 in the School of Education, New York University.

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