Eric V.A. Winston Named VP for Institutional Advancement

Columbia College Chicago Names Eric V.A. Winston Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Chicago, June 2006 — Columbia College Chicago has named Eric V.A. Winston, Ph.D. to the position of vice president for institutional advancement, announced President Warrick L. Carter. Winston joined the college in December 2005 as interim vice president of the office.

“Dr. Winston has a proven track record when it comes to fundraising for scholarships and endowment and engaging alumni in fundraising. He has more than 36 years experience in higher education and we are appreciative he has agreed to come out of semi-retirement to accept our offer as we look to future expansion of our campus,” says Dr. Warrick L. Carter, Columbia’s president.

Winston is the principal and owner of Eric Winston & Associates, a fundraising consulting firm located in Wilberforce, Ohio that specializes in fundraising, annual fund, government and alumni relations and educational programs for colleges and universities.

He resigned his role as a city councilman in Xenia, Ohio after 14 years of service to that city. He also served as chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission for the last five years.

Prior to forming Eric Winston & Associates in 2002, Winston served as president for development and university relations at Wilberforce University from 1983 to 2002. Under Dr. Winston, the university’s endowment increased from $1.5 million in 1990 to more than $12 million in 2002; alumni annual giving increased from seven percent to 28 percent annually; and he was responsible for raising revenue to build a $2.6 million alumni multiplex, $1 million of which was donated by alumni. His 24-year affiliation with Wilberforce University began in 1979 as vice president for student affairs and cooperative education, a position he held until 1983.

His career in higher education began in 1969 at Michigan State University where he served as assistant dean and assistant professor of urban development for five years. From 1975 to 1978 he served as vice president for student affairs, dean of students and associate professor of education at Chicago State University.

His professional affiliations over the years have included the National Society of Fundraising Executives, American Library Association, Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Illinois Association of Deans of Students, Florida A&M Library, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and director of the Second Annual Summer Institute on Non-Violence for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change. On June 16th he was elected to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Winston is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. He is an active member of many community-based organizations and a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran.

He received his doctorate in administration and higher education from Michigan State University. He holds a master’s in library science from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in history from Morehouse College, also in Atlanta, Georgia.

He divides his time between Chicago and Xenia, Ohio. He is married and has two daughters and one grandchild.


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