Olufsen named Coe College vice president for advancement

Chantel Olufsen Head ShotAfter an extensive national search, Coe College President David Hayes ’93 has appointed Chantel Olufsen as the new vice president for advancement. In this role, Olufsen will be responsible for development efforts and alumni relations for the college. She is the first female vice president for advancement at Coe College. The position was previously held by Hayes prior to being named president.
 
A native of Northeast Iowa, Olufsen has spent her career as a leader across education with deep experience in advancement, communications and marketing as well as admission. She is committed to serving mission-aligned organizations while building sustaining relationships and creating opportunities and access for all individuals. Currently serving as the Chief Advancement Officer of the Awty International School in Houston, Texas, her portfolio includes oversight of both fundraising and admission. Through Olufsen's leadership, her teams produced $50 million in revenue annually, increased annual fund revenue by 56 percent and launched the school's most successful capital campaign to date. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Luther College. 
 
“I am confident that Chantel will have a substantial impact on the Coe experience, serving as a wonderful partner with colleagues, alumni, parents and friends of the college," said Hayes. “As a product of a liberal arts institution, Chantel's knowledge and appreciation of Coe's academic mission and culture as well as her strong communication skills and impressive track record of fundraising success, prepare her well to serve the college. I am delighted she will be part of the Coe team at this time of great opportunity.”
 
Olufsen said she is thrilled to join the team at Coe College and noted the deep care and universal passion each individual expressed when talking about Coe during the interview process. 
 
"From the moment I arrived on campus, I witnessed Coe's mission statement in action. I am excited to partner with President Hayes, and the team, to build on the solid foundation they have created in the Office of Advancement and C3: Creativity, Careers, Community. I can't wait to help construct the next successful chapter at Coe and to become part of the Kohawk family," Olufsen said.
 

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