VP named Honorary Alumnus for dedication to alumni, advancement

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Summer 2013 issue (pdf)

James W. Heald (center), Vice President for Institutional Advancement and 2013 Honorary Alumnus, with his wife, Rose (left), and outgoing Alumni Association President Kathleen S. Stokes, MD ’87, GME ’91 (right).

Since being appointed the Medical College of Wisconsin’s first Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 1993, James W. Heald has elevated the significance and College-wide impact of the programs he directs, including the offices of Alumni Relations, Development, and Public Affairs.

Under Heald’s leadership, MCW secured more than $300 million in private gifts to support medical research, new construction, student scholarships, new faculty and postdoctoral fellowship positions, departmental initiatives and infrastructure. He recruited community leaders to serve on advisory boards established to support cancer, cardiovascular disease, digestive disease and the neurosciences.

Heald facilitated bringing the Office of Alumni relations in-house, giving more than 15,000 alumni of the medical school, graduate school and Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals programs a direct, lifelong connection to MCW. He also has provided the vision for MCW’s diverse print, digital and media communication initiatives as well as special events.

Heald is retiring this summer after one of the longest-standing commitments of service among his peers nationwide.


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