School-Based Leadership for Momentum2 Campaign Announced

Team will spearhead fundraising priorities for schools, colleges, athletics, libraries, and Citizens Board.

(October 22, 2012) — With its $1.6 billion Momentum2 campaign still in the first year of its public phase, the University of Miami has appointed a team of successful alumni, community leaders, and entrepreneurs to spearhead fundraising priorities for its schools and colleges, athletics department, libraries, and citizens board.

“These leaders are true partners in helping each area achieve their funding priorities,” Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs, said of the 24 leaders who will serve as chairs and vice chairs. “Working with our deans, faculty, and staff, they will help us engage a wider circle of individuals who want to connect with the ‘U’ and make a real difference in the life of this institution.”

Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami aims to raise $1.6 billion by the year 2016 to fund scholarships, attract talented and ambitious researchers and scholars, build new facilities, and develop cutting-edge technology.

Momentum2 represents a vision for the future of this University and our community,” said Leonard Abess, chair of UM’s Board of Trustees, who, along with his wife, Jayne, chairs the campaign. “This dedicated group of volunteers provides leadership critical to executing this vision.”

After an initial silent phase, the campaign celebrated its public launch last February at an event attended by several hundred donors, trustees, and top UM administrators at the BankUnited Center. So far, the campaign has raised $993 million from more than 100,000 donors.

The new leadership cohort includes:

School of Architecture
Jorge M. Perez
Gilberto Neves

College of Arts and Sciences
Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, A.B. ’77
James A. Kushlan, B.S. ’69, M.S. ’72, Ph.D. ’74

School of Business Administration
National Chair
Pat Barron, B.B.A. ’75
Local Chair
Raul Alvarez, B.B.A. ’76

School of Communication
Bob Mann, A.B. ’70

School of Education and Human Development
Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81

College of Engineering
Ana VeigaMilton, B.S.E.E. ’87, J.D. ’93
Sal Jurado, B.S.C.E. ’73, M.S.C.E. ’76
Laura Coulter-Jones, B.B.A. ’80, M.B.A. ’90
Carmen Gonzalez-Sanfeliu

School of Law
Wayne E. Chaplin, B.B.A. ’79, J.D. ’82
Vice Chairs
Larry J. Hoffman, J.D. ’54
Carolyn B. Lamm, J.D. ’73

Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Stuart A. Miller, J.D. ’82

Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
David Weaver

School of Nursing and Health Studies
Pam Garrison
Maria Lamas Shojaee, A.B. ’85, M.B.A.’12

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Steve Saiontz, M.B.A. ’84, M.P.S.’12

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Paul DiMare

University Libraries
Mitchell Kaplan, M.S.Ed. ’80
Fred Camner, J.D. ’69

Citizens Board
Al Vara, B.S.E.E.’79, M.S.E.E.’85

For more information on the University of Miami’s Momentum2 campaign, please visit



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