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DATE: Nov. 13, 2003

Thomas A. Baird appointed to lead institutional advancement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Thomas A. Baird has been appointed vice chancellor of institutional advancement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His appointment was approved by the U-M Regents at their October meeting, and was effective Oct. 20.


Most recently Baird was director of philanthropy at the Michigan office of the Nature Conservancy. Previously he held several fund-raising positions at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus, including director of development and interim assistant dean for development at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

"Increasing the level of private support is crucial to meeting our ambitious plans to enhance the teaching and learning community at UM-Dearborn," Chancellor Daniel Little said. "Tom Baird has many years of experience in generating philanthropic support for higher education, and we are confident in his leadership in our fund-raising efforts and next capital campaign."

In addition to the campus's fund-raising programs, Baird also will direct the campus's alumni relations and marketing and communications efforts.

"The University of Michigan-Dearborn has very profound connections in southeastern Michigan through its more than 30,000 alumni, most of whom continue to live in the area, and through its high quality educational programs that have been developed to meet the real needs of this community," Baird said. "I am looking forward to working with our alumni, corporate partners and other friends to generate the resources we will need to expand and prosper in the years ahead."

Baird earned his bachelor's degree in American studies from U-M in 1983 and a master's degree in human resources education from Boston University in 1993. Before beginning his career in fund raising, Baird worked in several executive positions at PeopleExpress Airlines, the Putnam Companies and John Hancock Financial Services.

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