Holy Names University Welcomes Richard Ortega as Vice President for University Advancement

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Media contact:
Lesley Sims, Holy Names University, 510-436-1405 or sims@hnu.edu

Holy Names University Welcomes Richard Ortega as
Vice President for University Advancement

OAKLAND, California; August 2, 2011 – Holy Names University (HNU) announces the appointment of Richard P. Ortega, Ed.D., as Vice President for University Advancement. Ortega is currently the Vice President for Advancement for Carroll College in Helena, Montana where he also served as the Executive Director of the Carroll College Foundation. His appointment is effective September 1, 2011.

Ortega has an outstanding track record in fundraising and in leading efforts to expand opportunities for students in under-served communities. In his application for this position, he stated, “Woven throughout my professional career is an abiding commitment to ensuring success for multicultural populations in rigorous academic programs.” Under his leadership, Carroll College raised $34 million in 39 months. HNU President, William J. Hynes, Ph.D., says, “We are fortunate to have a highly respected community leader and accomplished fund raiser join Holy Names University. Like Holy Names University, Dr. Ortega has been at the forefront of advancing the hopes and dreams of diverse student populations.”

Ortega’s background also includes development oversight for the Medical School at University of Texas – Health Science Center at San Antonio and the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology. His California-based experience includes California State University, Sacramento, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has also served as faculty advisor with the Society of Hispanic & Professional Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers and Solar Racing teams.

In accepting this position Ortega says, “I am honored to join President Hynes’ staff and look forward to working with the faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to achieve the goals to advance the University. My family and I are looking forward to enjoying the beauty of the Bay Area and making it our home.” Richard’s wife, Theresa, who completed graduate work at the University of San Francisco, will be exploring opportunities to continue her work for social justice with entrepreneurial non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.

HNU is located at 3500 Mountain Boulevard, off Highway 13, in the Oakland Hills. Founded in 1868 on the banks of Lake Merritt near downtown Oakland, the university moved to its present campus 54 years ago. HNU offers 19 bachelor’s degrees, five degree completion programs for adults, eight master’s degrees and various certificates and credentials.


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