UMass Amherst Announces Several Personnel Changes in University Advancement

July 8, 1999

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AMHERST, Mass. - Royster C. Hedgepeth, vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Massachusetts, has announced several personnel changes and a resignation.

Senior writer Charles Creekmore has resigned his position to move to Colorado. Creekmore had been in his current position since August 1993. He had also worked for the University as a writer from 1977-81.

Gerald Quarles, who had held a dual reporting role in the division of student affairs and the division of university advancement for the past year, will now hold the title of special assistant to the vice chancellor for university advancement, reporting directly to Hedgepeth. He will continue to do promotional work, work with volunteers, and provide support for specialty fund-raising efforts, according to Hedgepeth.

Dick Conner has been given oversight responsibility for both government relations and community relations, as well as commencement and other campus-wide special events. He had held the title of director of state government relations.

Gloria Fox, who had been working in the community relations unit managing the annual campus COMECC campaign and assisting at special events, will now be responsible for commencement planning as well as continuing to provide leadership for the COMECC campaign. She will report to Conner as will Patricia Vinchesi, director of community relations, and Mary Spellicy, director of special events.

Robert N. Brooks, who had been director of special services within student affairs, responsible for the campus visitors'' center and commencement planning, will now hold the title of director of visitor relations. He will remain in charge of the Robsham Visitors Center and will serve as an advisor to Fox for commencement issues as well as handling other assignments. He will report to Patricia R.VandenBerg, assistant vice chancellor for communications and marketing.

Janet E. Helgerson, who had worked with Brooks in student affairs, will also join university advancement. She will continue to work in the visitors'' center and provide support for commencement.

Hedgepeth said the changes were made in order to bring people who work with various external publics under the aegis of university advancement. "The realignment makes sense. It''s just a better fit," Hedgepeth said. "Now, commencement and the visitors center will be part of university advancement. They can help us better serve and communicate with our community and our alumni."

The changes were effective July 1.