(December 2, 2013) – Dr. Peter N. Smits, Fresno State’s vice president for University Advancement, has announced he will retire on June 30, 2014.
Smits has spent his entire 44-year career in higher education, including the past 20 years at Fresno State. He is Fresno State’s first vice president for Advancement, which is a strategic, integrated method of managing relationships to increase understanding and support among an educational institution's key constituents. The primary core disciplines of educational advancement are alumni relations, communications and fundraising, all of which Smits oversees at Fresno State.
Known nationally for his work, Smits provided leadership for the Campaign for Fresno State, a seven-year comprehensive fundraising effort that concluded in April 2013 and raised $214.2 million, more than 7% over the announced goal of $200 million.