The College of Medicine is pleased to announce that Stephanie Grinage has accepted our offer to serve as the next Chief Development Officer for the College of Medicine and the Hospital/Vice President for the University of Illinois Foundation, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees.  In this role, Stephanie will oversee and direct all development activities to maximize private philanthropy to the medical enterprise.

Stephanie will be joining us from KU Endowment where, since 2008, she has served as Vice President for Medical Development and as a member of the Executive Leadership Teams for both KU Endowment and KU Medical Center.  Prior to her current role, she served as the Assistant Vice President for Medical Development also with KU Endowment.

Prior to her positions in Kansas, Stephanie served in leadership roles as an Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of South Florida, and as a Senior Development Director for Arizona State University.  In her early career she served as a development director at the UIC College of Medicine and Medical Center and as a Director of Development at Wichita State University.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Journalism from Fort Hays State University and also did graduate coursework at Arizona State University.  She has served as President for the Greater Kansas City Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and is a member of Leadership Kansas.  Stephanie has also led an award winning development team garnering recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).  She has also been a Master Class presenter for AAMC.

We look forward to working with Stephanie on the educational, research and clinical initiatives of the College of Medicine.  As we advance medicine into the 21st century, we look forward to the realization of a state-of-the-art simulation center and the continued priorities of advancing the student experience through the modernization of educational facilities and increased scholarship funding.  In addition, we will continue to promote translational discovery and interdepartmental research through collaborative centers and faculty development focused on the major health priorities in the healthcare landscape.

With her 21 years of development experience, we know Stephanie is poised to lead the College of Medicine and Hospital and take our philanthropic accomplishments to new heights.  We hope you all will officially join us in welcoming Stephanie when she starts on January 27, 2014.