Baronio announces departure after nearly four years of service

UNI NEWS SERVICES — VP of University Advancement and Foundation President Lisa Baronio announced earlier today that she will be leaving her role at the University of Northern Iowa following the end of the calendar year.

"UNI afforded me an amazing opportunity to work closely with talented staff, faculty and administrators to help transform lives of deserving students through the generosity of many alumni and friends,” said Baronio. “UNl's trajectory is on the rise under the leadership of President Nook, and the path ahead is bright. Rafael and I will reflect fondly on our time with the Panther family."

Lisa Baronio
VP of University Advancement and Foundation President, Lisa Baronio, addresses attendees of the 2018 President's Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

Prior to joining UNI, Baronio served as vice president for Alumni Relations and Development at Trinity University in San Antonio, vice president for advancement at the University of North Texas, vice president for development at the University of Connecticut Foundation, associate vice president for development at the Wichita State University Foundation and director of corporate relations at the University of Nebraska Foundation.

“During her tenure, Baronio was instrumental in implementing many best practices at the UNI Foundation,” remarked President Nook. “Her ability to successfully meld the UNI Foundation and UNI Alumni Association into today’s cohesive UNI Advancement team was no small task and one worthy of praise.”

UNI Advancement successfully raised more than $85 million and distributed more than $20 million to UNI endeavors during Baronio’s tenure. Her impact went beyond dollars as she helped grow the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees to 37 members by adding 16 highly successful trustees.

“Lisa did an outstanding job creating the Outreach and Annual Giving team that is now housed in a renovated space in the Commons,” said Board Chairman Dave Takes. “The board is proud that this team consistently raises more than $725,000 in unrestricted dollars annually while also supporting broader giving options."

The Alumni Relations team has also flourished, expanding their programming to host more than 100 events for more than 10,000 alumni annually. Alumni Association dues were eliminated under Baronio’s watch, immediately growing membership to all 118,000 living alumni.

“As a Waterloo native, Lisa was uniquely positioned to help us grow the Purple Circle,” commented President Nook. “With the steadfast work of the Advancement Division, our campus and community partners, we will continue to grow that circle.”

UNI will appoint an experienced external higher education advancement professional to serve as interim prior to Baronio’s departure. A search for a permanent replacement will commence in January.


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