WWU Foundation hired former University of Hawaii Foundation director

The Western Washington University Foundation hired Tim Szymanowski as its associate vice president for development and leadership giving, a newly-created role.

In addition to being a key member of WWU’s University Advancement leadership team, Szymanowski will oversee Western’s development officers, according to a press release from the university.

Stephanie Bowers, executive director of the foundation, said this marks a significant step forward in the Western Stands for Washington campaign, a fundraising project that aims to raise $60 million.

“Tim’s substantial and highly relevant expertise adds a transformative ingredient to our already terrific team,” Bowers said in the news release. “We believe in engaging leaders for the future, so that Western can continue to stand for Washington in every way possible.”

Szymanowski’s career has spanned 30 years and 25 countries, encompassing multiple arenas from business, sales and marketing to higher education fundraising.

He joined Eastern Washington University’s development team in 2006. Most recently, Szymanowski was executive director for the University of Hawaii Founation.

The Western Washington University Foundation was established in 1966 as a vehicle to receive and encourage private giving to Western.

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