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Citadel News Service

For Release
Feb.8, 2005

 Bergvall joins The Citadel Foundation

           Dennis P. Bergvall, a fundraising veteran with 23 years of experience in higher education, has been named The Citadel Foundation’s associate executive director for development

           Bergvall will oversee an expansion of fundraising efforts at The Citadel Foundation and will take the capital campaign into its public phase. The foundation has already raised more than $50 million for scholarships, academics, leadership training and the stadium since the quiet phase began in 2002.

           He comes to The Citadel Foundation from Alma, Mich., where he was vice president for enrollment at Alma College.

           Bergvall has extensive experience in fundraising and college administration. He served as director of planned giving at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., for five years and then as dean of development at Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho, for six years. More recently, Bergvall has worked in the area of financial aid and admissions.

           "Dennis will be able to hit the ground running," said Frank Shannon, executive director of The Citadel Foundation. "He understands all aspects of fundraising and will play a crucial role as we move forward with the campaign."

           Bergvall said he was attracted to The Citadel by its mission. "The Citadel’s values and mission resonate deeply with my own personal sense of what is right about our country. I wanted to be part of an institution that actively shapes leaders to manage the challenges of our society."

           When he was at Albertson College, Bergvall planned and executed a capital campaign that reached its initial goal of $50 million two years ahead of schedule. At Whitman College, he wrote a publication on deferred giving, conducted estate-planning seminars and developed a planned giving volunteer program.

           A Montana native, Bergvall is a graduate of Whitman College.



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