Vice President for University Advancement


MSU selects next vice president of university advancement

With more than two decades of experience in philanthropy and development, Kim Tobin has been tapped to serve as Michigan State University’s next vice president of university advancement.

Tobin will start her new role May 1, replacing Marti K.S. Heil, who is retiring after an accomplished 45-year career spanning three institutions — more than 33 of which were at MSU.

“Kim has an impeccable track record of success in donor and alumni relations with an inherent ability to engage audiences in philanthropic opportunities that transform lives,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Her involvement in development at every level of an institution will serve her well in this role, and I know she will further the excellence of MSU.”

As vice president of university advancement, Tobin will lead a 300-plus person team through planning and executing the institution’s next comprehensive capital campaign — a campaign that will further solidify MSU’s position as a leading global research university that improves the lives of students and positions our state, nation and world for a brighter future. Tobin will oversee university development efforts as well as the work of the MSU Alumni Office.

“I am a passionate advocate for philanthropy and the transformative impact it can make on an institution’s ability to effect positive change in the world,” Tobin said. “I’m eager to add my energy to the team at MSU and work together to help the university advance its newly defined strategic priorities. As a Great Lakes native, coming to Michigan feels a bit like coming home.” Read more

Search Timeline:

  • July-August — Selection of search committee, search firm, launch search
  • September-October — Stakeholder meetings, finalize position description
  • November-January — Advertise position, recruit candidates
  • January-March — Candidate evaluation and selection

Position Profile (PDF)