Ms. Vanessa Koldingnes has been appointed Acting Vice-President (External), effective December 4, 2021. Ms. Koldingnes will serve in this capacity while the search process for a permanent Vice-President (External) is underway, anticipated to begin in summer 2022.
Ms. Koldingnes’ previous leadership experience at the University of Manitoba includes a range of roles within the External Relations portfolio, most recently serving as Acting Vice-President (External). She previously served as Acting Associate Vice-President (Donor Relations) and Director, Office of the Vice-President (External). She joined the University of Manitoba in Donor Relations in 2012 and has extensive expertise in major gifts, faculty relations, alumni engagement and stewardship. Ms. Koldingnes earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, she held a number of fundraising leadership roles at national and international philanthropic organizations.
Ms. Koldingnes’ extensive experience within the External Relations portfolio, combined with her strategic, collaborative leadership style, will ensure that the UM community will continue to be supported by strong leadership from the Vice-President (External).