Barbara Brink Appointed as CHASS' New Director of Development

By Catherine Szilagyi, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Barbara BrinkThe College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has recently appointed Barbara Brink, formerly the Director of Major Gifts at the University’s Central Development Office, as its new Director of Development. Brink took her new position officially on June 1 st, 2005.

“I am absolutely delighted to have an opportunity to finally work on initiatives for the College I graduated from,” Brink said, “The work I do here really comes from the heart,” said Brink, “and now [my appointment] will enable me to pour my heart into it even more.”

Having successfully run her course as Director of Major Gifts at the UC Riverside’s Central Development Office for the past six years, Brink is expected to bring a whole new face to the position of Director of Development at CHASS. In her former role as Director of Major Gifts, Brink effectively developed and managed fundraising initiatives, campaigned for the Alumni and Visitor’s Center, worked with the University Libraries, established a women’s support group that provides financial resources to programs campus-wide known as Women and Philanthropy at UCR, and has had her hand in organizing reunions for the departments of Political Science and Art History, among other things.

Brink is also responsible for having created this year’s first Barbara B. Brink Graduate Travel Award within the Art History Department, which will annually provide invaluable travel opportunities to selected Art History graduate students in the future.

In her appointment as Director of Development, quite a few changes are in store for Brink. She will leave all the duties of gift planning and organizing departmental reunions for alumni behind, though some tasks in her new position will be similar. Instead, this new Director of Development will begin work on the College’s core initiatives: dealing with the development of the Culver Center of the Arts, establishment of the Jewish Studies and Tomas Rivera Chairs, and development plans for various new campus buildings. Furthermore, Brink is keen on advancing possibilities and funds for internships in the Political Science Department, and plans to expand work on Interim Dean Joel Martin’s initiative for the Center for California Native Nations.

As expected, Brink is more than qualified for the mountain of duties that await her. Before coming to UCR, she worked in hospital development for ten years. During that time, she was responsible for annual giving, major and capital fundraiser efforts at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, the Watts Health Foundation in Inglewood, and the Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Prior to that, Brink was involved for 15 years in non-profit arts marketing, public relations, events management, and worked with the J. Paul Getty museum, the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and KCET Public Television.

"The College's incredible faculty and students deserve all the support we can bring to them. With declining state support, it is critical that we connect with individuals, corporations, and foundations that can and will value the work and vision of CHASS,” said Interim Dean Joel Martin. “Barbara has already proven that she can help us make that connection. With her help, we will more fully realize our potential and it is enormous."

Brink is an alumna of UCR, having earned her B.A. degree in the History of Art. She also holds a certificate in Planned Giving from California State University, Long Beach.

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