DATE: January 17, 2013
UA Foundation honors Mary Poulton for fundraising efforts
Faculty members who can channel their passion for discovery and academics equally into fundraising add tremendous value to the University of Arizona.
The University of Arizona Foundation Board of Trustees is honoring such an individual. Dr. Mary Poulton, department head for mining and geological engineering and director of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, is the 2012 Eugene G. Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award recipient.
"I'm really honored to be receiving the award for the work that I've done but it was also the work of a great group of students, faculty, friends and alumni who made it possible," said Dr. Poulton, a UA alumna with a PhD in geological engineering. Her research focus includes analyzing patterns in large data sets for improved mineral and petroleum exploration, geophysics and mining.
Since becoming head of the department in 2000, Dr. Poulton has successfully garnered support from private individuals and companies. Notably, she helped raise nearly $20 million to establish the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, an international center for advancing scientific, technological and educational aspects of mineral discovery.
College of Engineering Dean Jeff Goldberg attributes Dr. Poulton's fundraising success to the care she takes with each donor, ensuring their wishes and goals are honored.
"She takes the time to get to know the donors and she understands that development is about finding the shared values and priorities of the University and the donor," he added.
Under Dr. Poulton's leadership, the mining and geological engineering undergraduate program grew from about 20 students to 80. Her development efforts ensured operational and faculty support despite dwindling state and federal funds. She also founded an Industry Leadership Board, a group of more than 30 members representing several minerals and construction industry areas. The board offers program oversight and strategic planning for fundraising efforts.
Dr. Poulton said: "I am so grateful for the alumni and industry partners who continue to support and grow our program."
The Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award was established by the UA Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008 to honor UA faculty who set examples among their peers for upholding high standards of performance in fundraising and development efforts. The award is named for UA President Eugene G. Sander, who has been an advocate and leader of faculty involvement in the fundraising process for more than two decades.
Previous honorees include James and Pamela Muzzy Chair in Entrepreneurship Robert F. Lusch, PhD, in 2011; Sarver Heart Center Director Gordon A. Ewy, MD, in 2010; Regent's Professor of Anthropology John W. Olsen, PhD, in 2009; and Director of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences Soyeon Shim, PhD, in 2008.
The University of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the University of Arizona. Managing an existing asset base of more than $600 million, the UA Foundation has helped generate more than $2 billion in private funding to support the University. Learn more about the Foundation at uafoundation.org.