AMHERST, Mass. - Royster C. Hedgepeth, vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Massachusetts, has been named Outstanding Professional Fund Raiser of the Year by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE). He will be honored at NSFRE''s fifth annual Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon Nov. 19 at the Springfield Marriott.
Hedgepeth is leading Campaign UMass, the first comprehensive campaign at the University, which aims to raise $125 million in five years, enlist advocates, and enhance the image of the University. The campaign was announced in October 1996, and is already more than halfway to its $125 million goal.
He is also active as a volunteer fund-raiser for the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer''s Association, the Hampshire Community Action Commission, the Hampshire County United Way, and Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst.
Hedgepeth said: "Philanthropy is not about pocketbooks. It''s about people, relationships, values, and commitment. Money is a vehicle to help support what we believe in. I am very grateful to be recognized by my peers in this people-oriented business."
He joined the University Aug. 1, 1995. He had previously served as vice president for university advancement at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc.; senior vice president for development at the University of Colorado Foundation Inc., Boulder, Colo.; and director of development at the University of Illinois Foundation, Urbana, Ill. Earlier in his career he held advancement positions at Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., and at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va.
He holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from Cornell University, an M.Ed. from the University of Florida, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.