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Tina Skov Cowan, Director of Development for the Penn Libraries
September 9, 2008 , Volume 55, No. 3



The Penn Libraries announce the appointment of Tina Skov Cowan to the position of Director of Development for the Penn Libraries, effective August 4.

Ms. Cowan served as a member of Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations Major Gifts Team for over seven years. She was instrumental in building an administrative framework for that program, in addition to serving as a major gift officer. She worked to promote collaboration and transparency by creating new prospect management tools and building strong relationships with colleagues across Development and Alumni Relations.

As a fundraiser, Ms. Cowan reenergized Major Gifts’ activities in the DC region and was the key staff person responsible for the successful $7.5 million Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Board Scholarship Initiative. She used her fundraising, organizational, and managerial expertise to mentor new major gift officers and provide guidance and fundraising support to new priority initiatives, such as the Civic Scholars Program.

As Director of Development for the Penn Libraries, Ms. Cowan will be responsible for leading the Libraries’ campaign effort, designed to raise $47 million for endowment and facilities. She will work with the Libraries’ senior administrative and volunteer leadership to carry the campaign plans forward, and with School and Center colleagues who have library expansion plans within their campaigns. Additionally, Ms. Cowan will develop new fundraising constituencies for the Libraries.

“We are thrilled to have Tina join us,” Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, said. “Her knowledge of development activity at Penn and her fundraising skills are exactly what the Libraries need to ensure our success in meeting our strategic goals.”

Ms. Cowan received an MLA from Penn and a BA in psychology from Hiram College in Ohio.

Almanac - September 9, 2008, Volume 55, No. 3