USF Welcomes New VP for University Advancement

Dec. 1, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis (USF) welcomes Kristin Short, the new Vice President for University Advancement, to its leadership team. Short joins USF from the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, where she served as the vice president of philanthropic leadership. Prior to Girl Scouts, Short worked as a senior consultant for HUB Philanthropic Solutions where she assisted St. Mary Catholic Church in Riverside and Regina Dominican College Preparatory H.S. in Wilmette with their capital campaigns.

“I look forward to being at a Catholic, Franciscan university like the University of St. Francis, which has a strong history of service to others and is engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom and justice,” says Short. “I look forward to raising funds to help educate today’s youth who will become tomorrow’s leaders.”

Short enjoys the fundraising field because she knows the results of her hard work are put to great use.

“I connect grateful donors with what they are most passionate about. I love seeing the generosity of donors accomplish great things,” says Short.

The university staff and leadership team are excited to welcome Short to the university community.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Kristin to USF’s senior leadership team,” says President Arvid Johnson. “Throughout the search and interview process, it became clear that Kristin not only has the breadth and depth of expertise that we were looking for in this position but also ‘gets’ USF and its mission on an instinctive level.  As a result, I have every confidence that Kristin is ‘the right person at the right time’ for this key role.”

Short plans to hit the ground running as the university will celebrate the 61st Annual Caritas Scholarship Ball on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. She looks forward to meeting alumni and friends at this special event.

“I believe that to succeed in fundraising, you must have passion for your mission, a positive attitude, strong work ethic and a collaborative spirit and with this, anything can be achieved,” she says. “I have set out on a path in philanthropy knowing I can make a difference in individuals’ lives that will be transformational.”

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 4,100 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.