(Portland, Ore.) May 25, 2010 - Portland State University (PSU) is proud to announce the appointment of
Françoise Aylmer as vice president for University Relations at PSU. Aylmer is currently the vice president for
University Advancement at California State University, San Bernardino, overseeing development, alumni affairs
and legislative relations. She will start at PSU on Sept. 1, 2010.
Françoise (pronounced fran-swaz) Aylmer will oversee all fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations, campus
stewardships, and coordinate and collaborate with the PSU Foundation.
"With state funding on the decline and a growing university," said Wim Wiewel, president of PSU, "Portland
State depends more than ever on financial support from outside the university to be successful, and Francoise will
help us achieve that." Wiewel has charged her with "turning ideas into action" and with energizing the
University's fundraising efforts.
"I have met incredibly dedicated donors, volunteers and staff during my visits to Portland State and the level of
excellence of PSU's leadership is outstanding," said Aylmer. "It is a privilege to be part of such a vibrant,
progressive campus, and I am excited to lead a team which will sustain PSU's efforts through increased funding
from non-state sources."
At California State, with over 17,000 students and 68,000 alumni, Aylmer raised more than $76 million for the
university in five years despite serious budget cuts. Previously, she was the director of development at the
Alzheimer's Association of Orange County and led fundraising for one of the largest chapters of a national non-
profit medical research and social services association. While the director of development for the Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center, she obtained community-wide support to secure approval and funding to
transition from a two-year to four-year medical school. A native of France, Aylmer also served as the president of
an international business development firm and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
While in Southern California, Aylmer has been very involved in her community and served on the boards of the
St. Bernardine's Hospital Foundation and Arrowhead United Way.
Aylmer and her husband Bob, a clinical psychologist, will be moving to Portland this summer.
About Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 28,000 undergraduate and graduate
students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative
approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through
internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus
exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 125 bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve
the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.
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