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Roger J. Sullivan has been named vice chancellor for advancement at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Sullivan, who had been serving in this role in an interim capacity, will begin his appointment immediately and will oversee the areas of development, alumni affairs and university communications.

“Roger brings a wealth of experience in development across different sectors including higher education,” said Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “I look forward to working with him as we advance USC Upstate into its promising, exciting future.”

A seasoned development professional, Sullivan came to USC Upstate as a consultant working with Jerold Panas, Linzy and Partners, one of the nation’s leading firms in financial resource development.

Sullivan has helped to plan, coach and solicit gifts and grants totaling millions of dollars for clients such as Children’s Oncology Group and its Hyundai “Hope on Wheels” program, and the American Association for Cancer Research’s StandUp2Cancer program. He also supported two $100 million campaigns for the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the University of Texas at El Paso.

In previous years, Sullivan served as the national resource director for the American Cancer Society Foundation, where he secured the largest-ever individual gifts for cancer research, website sponsorship and cancer awareness initiatives. He also helped establish a network of corporate funders for educational and public awareness projects and assisted in securing corporate funding to expand Relay4Life. He also served as executive director of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Foundation, where he developed a case for support that lead to the fulfillment of a $15 million campaign.

“I am thrilled. This University and its leadership hold the keys to economic, educational and cultural future of the Upstate,” Sullivan said. “It is an honor to work alongside Chancellor Tom Moore.”

Sullivan earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He has received professional training from the Philanthropy Tax Institute, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Institute of Charitable Giving.

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