Peter Landgren named President of University of Cincinnati Foundation

Peter LandgrenCINCINNATI – Aug. 16, 2017 – Following a nationwide search, Peter Landgren, currently serving as Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and  Provost of the University of Cincinnati, has been named President of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and Vice President for Advancement at UC.  Landgren, an alumnus of the University’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), previously served as Dean of CCM.

“Peter has developed deep relationships with many community and university leaders and donors and, as Provost, has earned the respect of the university’s 15 deans, in addition to managing nearly half the university’s $1.2 billion dollar annual  budget. We are elated to have an individual with Peter’s interpersonal, strategic and managerial skills to lead our Foundation,” said Bob Fealy, Chair of the UC Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

As Dean of the College-Conservatory of Music from 2011 to 2016, Landgren led all aspects of CCM’s academic mission, strategic direction, preparatory programs and community engagement, and operational excellence. He managed a budget of $34 million and endowments in excess of $110 million. He elevated CCM’s fundraising efforts to a five-year total of $39 million, significantly outpacing the historical average of $1.5 million per year. Additionally, Landgren secured the   internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet as the school’s string quartet-in-residence and attracted $1.75 million in grant funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an innovative partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the  CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship.

“I’m elated to be serving three organizations I respect: the University of Cincinnati, UC Health and the University of Cincinnati Foundation,” Landgren said. “I’ve witnessed the impact of philanthropy in my own giving and that of others, and it is seeing that impact first-hand that drives me to commit myself to this new role. Philanthropy is the fuel of our academic, research and clinical mission that will enhance UC and UC Health's differentiators as knowledge creators. That’s what excites me about this position."

“Having worked with our new president, Neville Pinto, since February, I can see clearly the direction he has us pointed toward in our university’s third century,” Landgren said. “The leadership team he is putting together is the team that will partner with students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the community to elevate the University of Cincinnati beyond our wildest imagination.”

Landgren’s role as Foundation president will be groundbreaking, as he is uniquely positioned to understand the role philanthropy can play in elevating a university. His background as a faculty member, dean and senior vice president will be critical in aligning UC Foundation goals to emerging strategic priorities at UC and UC Health. As a UC alumnus, he brings a distinct passion and connection to UC’s values and mission.

“Peter Landgren has the fundraising prowess, academic experience, plus the deep love for the University of Cincinnati that will lead to success in this critically important role. He is also a highly respected leader, both on campus and throughout the community,” President Pinto said.

“Peter is a remarkable leader, committed to the mission of UC and UC Health, and lifting the work of both institutions through philanthropy,” said Richard Lofgren, MD, President and CEO of UC Health. “Philanthropic giving can be life-changing and life-saving. The UC Health team looks forward to partnering with Peter and the Foundation to further improve the health of the community.”

Landgren will begin his duties at the Foundation on October 2, leading a staff of 160 and partnering with the 65-member UC Foundation Board of Trustees. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, the Foundation secured financial contributions and commitments totaling $140 million on behalf of UC and UC Health, funding critical priorities, including the initiative to secure National Cancer Institute designation, new facilities for the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the Lindner College of Business, renovation of the Fifth-Third Arena and student scholarships.

In the coming weeks, Landgren will transition the role of Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to Dr. Kristi Nelson. She retired from UC in 2015 after a distinguished 36-year career. President Pinto announced that Dr. Nelson will serve in this interim role until the search for a new provost is completed.

Landgren’s appointment as Vice President for Advancement at UC is pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.

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