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Peter Hansen Named Associate Vice President/Director of Development

Story posted February 04, 2002

Peter H. Hansen of Lincroft, N.J., has been appointed associate vice president and director of development at Bowdoin College. Hansen, who will take up his duties in May, is currently the vice president of development for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

"Peter Hansen is one of the most respected development professionals in the New York metropolitan area," said William A. Torrey, Bowdoin's vice president for planning and development. "His excellent work at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center gives him a wealth of experience in directing a development program. We welcome Peter and his family to the College and Maine, and very much look forward to working with him on Bowdoin's behalf."

Hansen will work directly with President Barry Mills, Torrey, other senior officers of the College, and the Board of Trustees to plan and execute the College's next comprehensive fundraising campaign, including its next capital campaign.

Reporting to Torrey, Hansen will oversee the College's fundraising and stewardship programs, including capital and planned giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and donor relations. In this capacity he will manage a staff of 27.

Hansen has been with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) since 1992, rising from the positions of director and assistant vice president of corporate development and sponsorship marketing to vice president of development. He directed NJPAC's $11 million-plus annual fundraising budget, and grew the annual campaign 20% during his first year as vice president. He was a key member of the team that raised $187 million during NJPAC's capital campaign, the largest amount ever raised for the arts in New Jersey.

"I am thrilled to join Bowdoin's development department, considered one of the nation's best," said Peter Hansen. "As a graduate of a liberal arts college, I value highly Bowdoin's role in fostering critical thinking in a community of learning. It is an exciting period at Bowdoin and I look forward to working with Barry Mills, Bill Torrey, and the Board of Trustees in growing philanthropic support of this wonderful institution."

He was previously the director of marketing and development for the Dance Theater of Harlem, where he helped develop a financial turn-around plan to stabilize the institution and reduce debt. During the 1980s, he worked as director of special projects for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund's largest national fundraising program in the industrialized world.

Hansen is a 1976 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. During the early 1990s he frequently lectured at New York University's School of Continuing Education, and is a regular guest speaker for such organizations as the Arts and Business Council and the National Society of Fundraising Executives/Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Hansen is married to Dr. Katherine Southall, an internist who currently works for Meridan Health System's Department of Occupational Health in Red Bank, N.J.

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