New associate vice chancellor begins term at UC Berkeley

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Julie Hooper, former associate vice president for development at the University of Texas at Austin, began her term as UC Berkeley associate vice chancellor for university relations July 1.

After her appointment was announced last month, Hooper took on the role of chief development officer of the campus and will focus on fundraising by administering fundraising activities across campus in both academic and administrative units.

According to campus spokesperson Jose Rodriguez, upon approval from the executive committee, Hooper will also serve as vice president of the UC Berkeley Foundation — an entity composed primarily of alumni seeking private funds for the campus — to support and advance its mission of promoting UC Berkeley’s teaching, research and public service by drawing on private philanthropy.

Before Hooper, the associate vice chancellor position was held by David Blinder, who managed the Campaign for Berkeley until he stepped down in February of last year. Launched in 2008, the campaign exceeded the $3 billion goal when it came to a close at the end of last year and raised $3.13 billion from more than 250,000 donors. This success was celebrated earlier this year with golden bows attached to buildings and areas that were built or renovated with the funding.

The campaign was overseen by Vice Chancellor for University Relations Scott Biddy, and the position was unfilled until Hooper’s arrival.

“We are certainly excited about Julie’s arrival and eager to benefit from her leadership as we’re continuing to build a broad base of philanthropic support for Berkeley and its unique mission and values,” Biddy said in an email.

At UT Austin, Hooper helped coordinate a similar $3 billion, eight-year fundraising campaign that will conclude next month.

Hooper said both UC Berkeley and UT Austin were similar in terms of their fundraising models, in which a central development office reports to the president’s office, in addition to smaller, campus-based divisions that report to their respective deans or directors.

Hooper also holds Certified Fund Raising Executive certification, awarded to individuals who meet certain professional and educational standards on fundraising. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston University and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia.

Hooper said she is looking forward to overseeing fundraising at UC Berkeley, where private support should help the campus remain committed to its public mission of accessibility.

“What I’m excited about is the opportunity to work with my talented development colleagues, our dedicated volunteers and the inspiring campus leadership to build on this success and take our fundraising to the next level,” she said in an email.

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