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Salk Appoints New Vice President of Development

Rebecca Newman joined the Salk Institute as its new Vice President of Development in February. In her newest role, she oversees the Institute's entire fundraising program and leads all related strategic planning and donor relation activities.

"We are very happy and fortunate to bring Rebecca Newman to the Institute," said Salk Interim President Roger Guillemin. "She brings more than 25 years of financial endowment development, and campaign and strategic planning experience from the business and nonprofit industries. Her ability to establish strong relationships with leading philanthropists and some of San Diego's biggest employers in the biotech industry has been key to Rebecca's success as a fundraiser."

Newman joins Salk after serving for six years at UCSD, most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor, Development – a capacity in which she successfully led the university's capital campaign and exceeded its $1 billion goal.

She joined UCSD as Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Development in 2001 and oversaw what equates to about 50 percent of the campus, including the School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the Cancer Center, the Cardiovascular Center, the Shiley Eye Center, two hospitals and numerous research and clinical programs. Her efforts and that of her team led to increasing the annual fundraising achievement of the Health Sciences from $25-$30 million to an average of $60-$70 million and successfully raising $450 million of the university's $1 billion fundraising goal.

In the spring of 2005, Newman assumed oversight of the fundraising program for the entire university, leading her team to a successful conclusion of the campaign. During her tenure, Newman made numerous contributions to the university's fundraising program, personally securing more than $100 million in gifts – among them the naming gifts for new schools and facilities. She led efforts to enhance the relationships of faculty with the donor community through a philanthropy training program, the creation of salon events, and the establishment of numerous advisory boards.

"It is a privilege for me to be given the opportunity to join the leadership team of the Salk Institute and to work with Interim President Roger Guillemin and Executive Vice President Marsha Chandler," Newman said.

"The beautiful architecture of the campus is the physical embodiment of the sheer excellence of the research being conducted by the world-renowned Salk faculty. I look forward to working with my colleagues and with the Board of Trustees to enhance the philanthropic base of support and to raise awareness of the tremendous impact of the Salk Institute locally, nationally, and internationally."