(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is pleased to announce that Janet Fratella has joined the University as vice president of development and executive director of the SOU Foundation.
Fratella, who most recently served as chief of staff for the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, has more than two decades of work in the field of university advancement. She has held numerous development-related positions throughout her career, including vice president of alumni and donor relations for the OHSU Foundation as well as director of donor relations and director of outreach projects for the University of Oregon.
“This is a great opportunity. Southern Oregon University has a long tradition of support from residents in the Rogue Valley, and it is positioned to achieve equal support from SOU alumni throughout the country,” Fratella said. “There are many positive things taking place on the SOU campus, and I look forward to connecting with all our constituents to share and to learn about their experiences with our campus.”
Fratella holds Master of Public Administration, Public Policy and Management and Master of Science, Educational Policy and Management degrees from University of Oregon as well as a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in English from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
“A lot of great work has been done over the years at the SOU Foundation to build a base of supporters who believe in the future of the university,” she said. “I hope to build on that work to further strengthen the University and continue to support our students and faculty.”
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