New Vice-President (External) at Western

Kevin Goldthorp, Chief Executive Officer of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Foundation, is being welcomed back to The University of Western Ontario, this time in the role as Vice-President (External).

His new position includes responsibility for achieving success with Western’s $500-million fundraising campaign that launched in October.

Goldthorp worked at Western from 1997 to 2004, progressively serving as Campaign Director, Director of Development, and Associate Vice-President, Development. He left Western in 2004 to serve as Chief Executive Officer at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation, which provides financial support for Toronto’s largest hospital.

Western President Amit Chakma says he is delighted that Goldthorp has agreed to return to Western.

“Kevin has served both Western and Sunnybrook with distinction. He impressed the search committee with his knowledge of the Canadian philanthropic landscape, his focus on strategic communication and branding initiatives and his enthusiasm for his work,” says Chakma. “His passion for philanthropy and his knowledge of Western will allow him to comfortably step into the position and begin working immediately to ensure the success of our campaign.”

As Vice-President (External) Goldthorp will lead a staff team of more than 90 people involved with Alumni Relations & Development, Advancement Service, and Communications & Public Affairs.

“I am honoured to have been selected to serve Western, its alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students and volunteers,” says Goldthorp, who will also work in partnership with Foundation Western.

“I am very proud of what I helped to accomplish previously at Western, and am excited to return. Under Western President Amit Chakma’s leadership, the future for Western holds bold and exciting promise. Leading the External team and its role in facilitating the philanthropic and alumni and community support essential to realize that promise is a true privilege.”

Goldthorp holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (’99) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College at the University of Toronto (’90).

Over the next three months, as he works to complete the current campaign year at Sunnybrook, Goldthorp plans to meet with faculty, staff, students and alumni at Western in preparation for his official start at the university in April.