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Portland State University Vice President appointed President/CEO of PSU Foundation
Author: Tanya Gross, PSU Foundation
Posted: July 9, 2014

The Portland State University Foundation Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Françoise Aylmer as president and chief executive officer of the Foundation at their June meeting.  

On July 1, Portland State University’s Advancement division (a staff of 55 plus) merged into the PSU Foundation. In her new role as Foundation President/CEO, Aylmer will oversee the management of Foundation operations and assets, all private fundraising, and Alumni Affairs on behalf of the university.

“In hiring Françoise, the board recognizes her vision and leadership skills,” said Mark Rosenbaum, Foundation Board Chair. “She is the ideal individual to foster increased philanthropic support for Portland State and lead us to new levels in the years ahead. Her leadership, when combined with the Foundation’s board and staff commitment, results in critical support for students, faculty, and enhanced facilities for the University.” 

Since Sept. 1, 2010, Aylmer has served as Portland State University Vice President for University Advancement—promoting the University’s mission and generating increased philanthropic support and advocacy. Aylmer and her staff have raised $102 million during her tenure, more than tripling private gifts to the university—from $12.8 million in fiscal year 2010 to over $39 million in fiscal year 2014. 

“Over the last four years, we have made significant changes in Portland State’s ability to engage donors and raise gifts. The Foundation provides a great opportunity to increase this trend,” Aylmer said.

In appointing Aylmer in September 2010, PSU President Wim Wiewel charged her with energizing the University’s fundraising efforts. “With public funds declining, philanthropy is increasingly important to Portland State," Wiewel said. "Françoise is succeeding in building that culture for us."

Aylmer is known for building high-performing fundraising operations for large state universities without a strong fundraising past. Formerly vice president for University Advancement at California State University, San Bernardino, Aylmer raised more than $76 million in five years despite serious budget cuts. Previously, she held development positions at University of Texas at El Paso—and at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she obtained communitywide support to secure approval and funding to transition from a two-year to a four-year medical school. 

Aylmer has been a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) since 2003 and a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals since 1998. A native of France, Aylmer is the Honorary French Consul in Portland for Oregon and Dean of the Oregon Consular Corps.

About the PSU Foundation

Celebrating its 51st year, the PSU Foundation is an independent tax-exempt organization. Gifts advance PSU by providing scholarships for students, supporting faculty research and instruction, and enhancing facilities and program development and growth.