University of Idaho Alumni Office - Moscow
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Mary Kay McFadden ’80
The University of Idaho Alumni Association has announced its 2014 Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees, with higher education leader Mary Kay McFadden '80 chosen for the honor. McFadden and two other alumni will be recognized during the spring commencement in Moscow at a reception on Thursday, May 15, and at an induction luncheon on Friday, May 16.
McFadden is vice president for development, family and alumni relations at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. From 2000 to 2013, she was vice president for university advancement at Seattle University, where she led a $170 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. A member of the university’s executive team, she served on the Board of Regents and as a member of the investment committee for the Board of Trustees.
McFadden has been prominent as a leader in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), earning the “Wealth Engine Award” from that professional organization in 2007 and 2008. She served as chair of the Jesuit Advancement Administrators, an organization that brings together advancement professionals from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. McFadden has also been actively engaged with the Seattle Rotary and the Rotary Boys and Girls Club of inner-city Seattle and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.
A native of St. Maries, Idaho, McFadden studied communication and public relations at UI. After graduation, she worked for Lewis-Clark State College in student recruitment. She then joined the University of Idaho as assistant director of high school relations and later became associate director of alumni relations, working with the board on chapter and national alumni events.
McFadden went on to spend 12 years in development at Washington State University, working in Pullman, Spokane and Seattle. During her time at WSU, McFadden led the national aspect of WSU’s $250 million campaign and was the executive director of WSU West.
At UI, McFadden was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Student Alumni Relations Board. She returned to UI in 2009 to give the keynote address at the School of Journalism and Mass Media’s Senior Awards reception.
In addition to her degree from the University of Idaho, McFadden also earned an Executive MBA in leadership from Seattle University.
The Alumni Association Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. Criteria for consideration includes: distinction in career accomplishments; leadership within career organizations; voluntary leadership efforts in charitable causes; leadership efforts that have improved the cultural, social, political or economic well-being of society; prior recognition and honors; and artistic, innovative or technical accomplishments.
Since its creation in 1962, the Alumni Association Hall of Fame has enshrined more than 190 members.