On 5 June Exeter College welcomed Pamela Stephenson, the College’s new Director of Development and Alumni Relations.
Pamela has spent much of her first two weeks in the role meeting with members of the College, its community of alumni and friends, and members of the wider University, learning about Exeter College and identifying priorities for the months and years ahead.
She said: ‘Exeter has a proud reputation for building longstanding relationships with its thousands of alumni, friends and donors around the world, thanks to the tremendous work that my predecessor, Katrina Hancock, and her team achieved. They have set a high bar indeed.
‘I am delighted to succeed Katrina as Director of Development and Alumni Relations and am enjoying navigating my way around the College and University worlds. This is not my first time working in Oxford as I began my development career more than 20 years ago at St Hugh’s. My time there sparked a passion and interest in higher education which has taken me around the country and, most recently, to Australia, where I led the Development team at the University of Western Australia to achieve the goals of the University’s $400M New Century Campaign. My daily commute was, I am certain, the best in the world as I was lucky enough to have a short cycle ride along the Swan River with its accompanying dolphins and pelicans!
‘Exeter presents a different challenge: it may be a smaller team but our ambitions are no less inspiring. In the months ahead, we will shape the next phase of our Development and Alumni Relations strategy, which will bring to light our ambitions for the future. Working together, we will have a profound impact on the lives of our young people who will become the great scientists, creative thinkers, problem solvers and leaders of tomorrow. It is one of the great privileges of my role that I and my team can play a part in shaping their journeys to future success.
‘As I discover more about Exeter, I also learn what I still need to understand. Your collective knowledge and enthusiasm for your College will be invaluable to me and I look forward to getting to know you and to understanding your particular Exeter story. Please don’t hesitate to contact me as I would be delighted to see you.’