Fund-raising professional will guide philanthropic efforts for the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care 

January 29, 2007 

Worcester, MA - Charles J. Pagnam, a highly regarded fund-raising and advancement professional with more than two decades of experience in higher education and health care, has been appointed Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  In this role, he will lead the joint development function of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, and serve as the chief executive of the UMass Memorial Foundation, which raises philanthropic support for programs and initiatives at the two institutions. Pagnam will succeed Walter J. Sleeth, who served as interim Vice Chancellor for Development from February 2006 through January 2007. 

"Charlie is an outstanding professional who brings a wealth of experience in higher education fundraising," said University of Massachusetts Medical School Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare. "He will be a great asset to the Medical School as we continue to encourage local, regional and national philanthropic support for our many research and education initiatives." 

According to UMass Memorial President and CEO John G. O'Brien, Pagnam will lead the UMass Memorial Foundation's efforts to further cultivate relationships with individuals and foundations in Massachusetts and across the country. "As part of the UMass Memorial team, Charlie will help us to further our goal to make our facilities and services among the best in the region and the United States. We look forward to working in partnership with Charlie and the UMass Memorial Foundation Board in attracting benefactors who wish to support the indispensable role of UMass Memorial in Central Massachusetts." 

Pagnam will join the UMass Memorial Foundation from Mount Sinai Medical Center where he served as Senior Vice President for Development, charged with overseeing all development operations as well as the implementation of a $1 billion capital campaign. A graduate of Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, Pagnam joined Mount Sinai in 2005 from Yale University, where he spent 27 years in a series of increasingly responsible positions, the last seven as Vice President for Development. 

As Vice President for Development at Yale, Pagnam increased overall university-wide contributions from $203 million to an annual high of $350 million. New initiatives during his tenure included the establishment of a Parents Capital Giving Campaign and a Special Gift Division aimed at younger alumni.   

About The UMass Memorial Foundation
The UMass Memorial Foundation welcomes donations on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. The Foundation was established in 1998 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation to benefit the Medical School and the health care system. Through the careful and responsible stewardship of donated funds, the Foundation forms a vital partnership between contributors and health care professionals, educators and researchers to facilitate advancements in medical research, patient care and the education of tomorrow's medical professionals. Visit the UMass Memorial Foundation at . 

About The University of Massachusetts Medical School
The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. It has among the highest growth rates of funded research in the country and consistently ranks in the U.S. News & World Report Top Ten for the quality and reputation of its education of primary care physicians. The Medical School is the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central New England. For more information visit . 

About UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with UMass Memorial Medical Center, its academic medical center, member and affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, a long-term care facility, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Visit   for additional information. 

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