Hamline News

University Names New Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Hamline University has hired Michael Tompos as its new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. He will begin work at the university on Wednesday, August 1.

Tompos currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation, based in Frederick, Maryland, and has also served as Director of Advancement for the University of Minnesota Law School. In his current role, he oversees major and planned gifts, annual giving, donor stewardship, prospect research and database management.

“Michael Tompos has been a very effective ambassador for those institutions fortunate enough to have had the benefit of his services,” said Hamline University President Fayneese Miller. “I know he will do the same here at Hamline and I am delighted to welcome him to our university community.”

Tompos was hired after a nationwide search.

“I’m very pleased to join President Miller and the team at Hamline,” Tompos said. “The university’s mission resonates with me and it’s an honor to play a leadership role in helping prepare Hamline students for meaningful roles in society. I look forward to meeting and listening to all members of the Hamline community in the coming months and working together to ensure a bright future for the university.”

Tompos was responsible for a $70 million comprehensive fundraising campaign at the University of Minnesota Law School and served on the leadership team for a $300 million campaign at his prior employer, Carleton College in Northfield. There, he supervised the major and planned giving programs and fundraising activities for athletic facilities and Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity.

His 30 years’ fundraising experience also includes positions at The College of Wooster in Ohio; Lawrence University in Wisconsin; and Union College, New York University and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, all in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Carleton College.

Find a link to the full press release here.