SOURCE: Convent of the Visitation School

August 12, 2008 07:00 ET

Convent of the Visitation School Hires Advancement Director

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, MN--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - Lisa H. Shaughnessy has been named to the newly created position of Director of Advancement at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights. The announcement was made by Dr. Dawn Nichols, Head of School.

Shaughnessy brings more than 20 years of development experience to the role, handling major fundraising and brand-developing projects for Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. She also was one of the founding organizers of the Basilica Block Party, which has become one of the most recognized and successful development events in the region.

Commenting on Shaughnessy's appointment, Dr Nichols said, "Lisa brings a unique combination of skills to her new position which will be critical to our success. She is a true visionary who sees and understands our strategic goals. She is extremely creative, both visually and as a problem solver. And her energy and commitment to Visitation are boundless. Lisa is also a mother of three Visitation students, giving her the added perspective of a parent which will be invaluable as we reach out to the Visitation community."

Dr. Nichols said Visitation established the new position for advancement to drive development strategies and capital campaigns in support of the school's strategic plan. Development efforts will focus on enhancing facilities, academic programs, scholarships and the school's endowment. "Visitation has both an extraordinary legacy and a clear vision for the future. We have an opportunity, through philanthropy, to connect our legacy and our future, to help secure this wonderful institution for generations yet to come," she said.

Shaughnessy said, "I am thrilled to be heading up Visitation's advancement efforts, which is called 'advancement' for a reason. We plan to advance our development goals on many fronts by building stronger connections across the entire Visitation community, and by reaching out to alumnae(i), new graduates, parents and grandparents.

"We look forward to 2010 when we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Visitation monastery in Annecy, France," she added. "My goal is to help secure the financial future of this school so that we can sustain this legacy for another 400 years."

Shaughnessy lives with her husband and three children in St. Paul.

Convent of the Visitation School is one of the oldest schools in Minnesota and the only Catholic school in the state offering single gender education for seventh through twelfth grade girls. In addition, Visitation is unique in that the school includes an Early Childcare Program for children six weeks old through age five, as well as mixed gender education for children in pre-school through sixth grade. Combined with the Catholic sisters who operate the school, this makes the Visitation community a generational melting pot of six-week-old infants to elderly educators, and experience that enriches the lives of students, parents and educators.

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