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University of Maryland School of Medicine Expands Office of Development to Focus on Advances in Academic Scholarship

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Brian J. DeFilippis, M.S.
 Brian J. DeFilippis, M.S.

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is expanding the School of Medicine’s development offices as the school continues to achieve its mission as a top-tier research, patient care and educational institution. With the Office of Development at the forefront of these initiatives, an expanded staff will help to ensure that funds are available to advance research and academic scholarship.

Dean Reece has appointed Brian J. DeFilippis, M.S., as the new Associate Dean for Development and Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Medicine. Mr. DeFilippis has served in the role of Special Assistant to the Dean since January 2011. He has an extensive history working in the field of development. He began a long and robust career in development in 1999 by first working in the Office of Philanthropy at the University of Maryland Medical System as Assistant Director. Subsequently in 2000, he joined the Georgetown University School of Medicine as Director of Medical Annual Funds. He then returned to the University of Maryland to become Director of Development in the School of Medicine until 2007, then became Vice Chancellor of Development at Washington University in St. Louis until 2010.

As the Associate Dean for Development, Mr. DeFilippis will oversee the entire development staff. He will also be charged with broadening the School of Medicine’s donor base, strengthening relationships with existing donors and identifying areas of need within the institution by working closely with department chairs and the directors of programs, institutes and centers. In his new role, Mr. DeFilippis will direct the School of Medicine’s current capital campaign, “Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination,” to achieve its $500 million goal in its final three years. He also will lead fundraising for the School of Medicine's Health Sciences Facility III Biomedical Research Building, a planned facility that will add much-needed laboratory and office space to the School of Medicine’s West Baltimore campus. In addition, funding priorities for the campaign include endowed professorships, student scholarships and funding for junior and senior investigators.

Vanessa G. CarrollBrian is joined by Vanessa G. Carroll, MBA who was appointed Director of Special Projects. Ms. Carroll joins the development office with an extensive background in service marketing, strategic partnership development and community relationship management. Most recently she served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Research at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). In that role, she received the American Marketing Association, Baltimore Chapter Award for Marketing Communications Excellence and later helped to open the BCCC Life Sciences Institute at the University of Maryland BioPark.

Ms. Carroll has also led strategic outreach and partnership initiatives in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America, working with the Population Information Program of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs. Some of her earlier experiences include serving as Executive Director of the Orange/Durham Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the North Carolina Triangle Area and as Membership Director for the Health Industry Manufacturers Association in Washington, DC. Ms. Carroll earned a Master of Administrative Sciences degree (now the M.B.A.) from the Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Family and Children’s Services of Maryland.

Kevin J. EnrightDean Reece has also appointed Kevin J. Enright as Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives. Mr. Enright joins the office with more than twenty years of experience in media and communications. Prior to his appointment at the school, Mr. Enright served as Director of Communications and Senior Advisor to Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (2007-2012). In this position, he was responsible for advising the county executive on all governmental and policy matters, with particular emphasis on communications, budget and fiscal policy, crisis management, and short and long-term strategy goals.

In a previous position, Mr. Enright directed statewide communications for the Office of the Maryland Attorney General (2004-2007) and served as Spokesman and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Commissioner in the Baltimore Police Department (2000-2004). Mr. Enright began his professional career as an on-air reporter for television news programs in Greensboro, NC and Washington, DC. Mr. Enright obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

“Advancement and development are critical to the school achieving its business and academic objectives,” says Dean Reece, who is also Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. “I am confident that Brian, Vanessa and Kevin are just the sort of outstanding leaders who will bolster the school’s relationships with our key external stakeholders and ensure success for years to come.”

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