Dr. Meredith N. Brunen joins fundraising, alumni relations efforts

By Lucy McElroy

Meredith N. Brunen, Ph.D. joined University staff as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement July 3. Brunen will further the fundraising efforts of the University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation as Chief Philanthropic Officer and Executive Director.

Dr.-Meredith-N-Brunen“She’s a very skilled leader in development, alumni engagement, as well as overseeing University marketing and communications. She’s a skilled higher education leader. She is trying to put together our organization and our foundation in a way that people can have faith in it,” Chancellor, Brendan Kelly, Ph.D. said. “If you want to make a gift to the University, you want to make a gift knowing it’s being stewarded and one, in the way you intended and two, in the most careful hands possible.”

Before coming to Upstate, Brunen worked alongside Chancellor Kelly at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. as Interim Vice President for University Advancement and Associate Vice President for University Advancement.

Brunen is no stranger to advancing a university’s efforts for alumni relations, community engagement, and fundraising. In addition to serving in those aspects at UWF, Brunen also served as Chief Executive Officer of the foundation at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, Ark.

Brunen works closely with Chancellor Kelly to bring the nearly 30,000 USC Upstate alumni closer to the institution and plays an instrumental role in the branding of the University.