University of South Carolina development boss leaving

02/06/2013 9:37 AM

02/06/2013 10:11 AM

Michelle Dodenhoff, vice president of development and alumni relations at the University of South Carolina, has announced she is leaving to return to New Orleans where she worked before coming to Columbia, the school confirmed Wednesday.

Dodenhoff has spent eight years at USC -- five years as associate vice president for development and three years running the fundraising arm of the school, according to her resume.

She has spearheaded the $1 billion Carolina’s Promise campaign that has raised $655 million. The campaign hopes to reach its goal by 2015.

Dodenhoff worked in fundraising and alumni relations for 11 years at the Tulane
 Center before taking the a job at USC.

Dodenhoff is the third top South Carolina female administrator to leave in the past seven months.

Business school dean Hildy Teegen, who is helping oversee development of a $106.5 million new ultra-green building for her school in downtown Columbia, will step down at the end of the semester to return to teaching.

Communications vice president Luanne Lawrence, who led an effort to rebrand the school’s marketing, is leaving next month to take a post at the University of California-Davis.

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