New executive director of advancement joins College of Engineering
Carla Wiedmier has joined the University of Missouri College of Engineering as the new executive director of advancement. She began her position May 21.
Wiedmier said in her new position, she plans to develop stronger bonds between the college and its alumni, as well as further increase the amount of endowed scholarships and professorships in the college.
“I really want to grow the number of alumni who are engaged with the College of Engineering, to grow the amount of support we receive,” she said.
The Mississippi-native comes to the college from Oklahoma State University where she spent the last two years as the lead development officer for that school’s College of Engineering, Architechture and Technology. Her last year there, she led the annual giving program, she said.
In all, Wiedmier has spent the last nine years working for universities, fundraising in their engineering schools.
“I started working at Iowa State University in 2003 in their College of Engineering,” Wiedmier said. “I found my passion lay in fundraising for engineering. I’ve spent my entire fundraising career in higher education.”
Wiedmier said she looked forward to working with Dean Jim Thompson and the other development officers in the College of Engineering, calling the opportunity “exciting.”
She said a move back to the Midwest was one of the perks to being at Mizzou.
For now, Wiedmier said she’s getting the ball rolling familiarizing herself with MU, the college and its alumni.
“The numbers we see in enrollment growth mean we really need to grow the amount of support we receive to continue to offer quality education,” Wiedmier said.
She replaces Al Eberhard who left the university to serve as executive director for the Thompson Foundation for Autism.