Two appointed as part of development team realignment

Author: Shannon Chapla

Mary Ellen McGillan, most recently assistant vice president for development at Santa Clara University, and Jean Gorman, vice president for development at the Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science in LaJolla, Calif., have been appointed to newly created positions in the Department of Development at the University of Notre Dame.p. McGillan will serve as assistant vice president for development and director of national programs, with responsibility for foundation and corporate relations, the annual fund, communications, and advancement of the Notre Dame Law School, Mendoza College of Business, new DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, and athletic department. McGillan assumed her duties Sept. 2.p. Gorman has been appointed senior director of planned giving and development research, with oversight for planned giving, research activities and training the major gifts staff. She will join the University on Sept. 29.p. Both positions were created this summer following two major promotions. Daniel G. Reagan, formerly assistant vice president for University relations and executive director of development, was appointed associate vice president for University relations and executive director for principal gifts and campaign administration; and Timothy M. Rippinger was promoted from director of development operations to assistant vice president for development and director of leadership gifts. McGillan brings to Notre Dame more than 20 years of broad fund-raising experience. In addition to Santa Clara, she has held senior development positions at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.; the Horticultural Research Institute in Washington D.C.; the American Diabetes Association; and the American Cancer Society.p. An active leader with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), McGillan will serve as co-chair of philanthropy at the western regional CASE conference this year. She also previously served in the same position for all Jesuit colleges and universities. McGillan earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Belmont Abbey.p. Considered one of the country’s leading planned giving experts, Gorman has served as the vice president for development at Scripps College and has worked in development at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Portland and St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., in addition to the Scripps Foundation. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College and Notre Dame Law School, she served for five years as director of financial aid at Saint Mary’s and was an assistant rector of Farley Hall at Notre Dame for three years. Gorman earned a master’s degree in education, college counseling and administration from Northeastern University.

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