Richard Naum, vice president for University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR), has announced his intention to retire from his position effective June 30, 2002. Naum, who led Columbia's recent record-breaking fund-raising campaign and who championed efforts to improve relations with alumni at all levels, has been at the university since 1991 and in his current position since 1992.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my 11 years at Columbia and am very proud of the achievements of the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations," said Naum. "Even as the 10-year-long Campaign for Columbia was winding down, I began to think about trying something new. With the successful completion of the campaign and a new president, Lee C. Bollinger, taking office next summer, this is the ideal time for me to consider other professional and personal pursuits."
In an effort that spanned a decade and toppled its own records year after year, the Campaign for Columbia raised $2.84-billion, making it one of the largest fundraising efforts to date by any university. It exceeded its goal of $2.2 billion by $640 million.
"Dick Naum has led UDAR to unprecedented levels of accomplishment," said Columbia President George Rupp. "In the nine years that I have had the privilege of working with him, fundraising set a new Columbia record every year. He has been indispensable in organizing what is probably the most efficient development office at any major educational or cultural institution. Columbia is deeply in his debt.
"On a personal level, I have enjoyed having him as a colleague, and I wish him all the best in the future."
Naum came to Columbia in 1991 as associate dean of alumni relations and development for the School of Law, after holding a similar position at New York University. Prior to that, he held senior fund-raising positions at the New York Zoological Society, the Bermuda Biological Station and Mercyhurst College. He began his professional career in 1969 as assistant director of admissions at Allegheny College.
A graduate of Allegheny College, he received an M.S. from Indiana University and did additional graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh.
After only a year at Columbia, Naum was given responsibility for The Campaign for Columbia, which was launched in 1990 with the aim of raising $1.15 billion over five years. The campaign was then extended another five years with a combined goal of $2.2 billion, and the second half of the campaign alone would rank as one of the top university fundraising efforts of all time.
In addition to attracting an unprecedented sum of gifts and pledges over its 10-year run, the campaign put the University on a trajectory that enabled it to set new records for cash receipts over each of the past eight years, with last year's $358 million in cash marking the highest ranking ever.
The success of the campaign has meant more than impressive numbers on a fundraising chart. It has helped create a decade of transformation and growth for Columbia.
During the period of the campaign, Columbia consolidated its place among the world's top universities, making significant strides on every front: recruiting top senior and junior faculty, launching new education and research programs, increasing student applications and selectivity, expanding both the University's international dimensions and its links to New York City, enhancing student and faculty services, and revitalizing its historic McKim, Mead and White campus in Morningside Heights.