August 9, 2013

Jancy Houck has been named the University of South Carolina's vice president for development and alumni relations.

Houck's appointment was announced at the university's Board of Trustees meeting Friday (Aug. 9). As vice president, she will lead Carolina's Promise, the university's $1 billion fundraising campaign, and oversee resources for the My Carolina Alumni Association.

President Harris Pastides says Houck brings more than 30 years of development experience to USC and its capital campaign, which is nearing its final phase.

"On behalf of the university, I am delighted to extend a warm Carolina welcome to our new vice president for development and alumni relations, Jancy Houck," Pastides said. "Fresh from a successful Yale fundraising campaign, Jancy brings years of professional experience, creativity and warm enthusiasm to USC. I have no doubt that she will be a wonderful addition to our Gamecock family as she leads Carolina's Promise to a successful conclusion. I want to express my sincere thanks to Susan Lee for serving as our interim vice president during this time of transition and our development team who exceeded another fundraising goal. Our team never skipped a beat."

Since 2006, Houck, 60, has served as Yale University's associate vice president for development and director of medical development. At Yale, she managed development and alumni affairs programs for the schools of medicine, public health and nursing, playing a central role in university's YaleTomorrow $3.5 billion capital campaign. Under her leadership, she raised more than $800 million for the three schools for the campaign, which exceeded its goal, raising $3.88 billion.

Prior to joining Yale, Houck was at the University of Florida, where after several years as the senior development director of its College of Medicine, she was tapped to serve as associate vice president of health science center development and alumni affairs, a position she served in for nearly 10 years. Her earlier career included development director positions at Albany Medical College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Houck succeeds Michelle Dodenhoff, who joined USC in 2004 and served as vice president of development and alumni affairs from 2009 until May. Susan Lee, as associate vice president, has served in the interim.

A native of Albany, N.Y., Houck is a graduate of SUNY Albany with bachelor's and master's degrees in rhetoric and communication. Her appointment will become effective Sept. 16.