UCLA Names Director of Development for Health Sciences
Date: September 10, 1999 Contact: Alan Eyerly ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Phone: (310) 794-2271
UCLA has named Anne LeGassick Dunsmore, an accomplished fund-raiser and political consultant, as the university's director of health sciences development. She replaces Roger Meyer in the position.
As president of Los Angeles-based California Capital Campaigns, Dunsmore has worked with Michael Ovitz, Ron Burkle and other UCLA School of Medicine supporters on a drive to replace and repair earthquake-damaged portions of the health sciences campus. The $1.3 billion project consists of a 525-bed hospital, plus additional medical, academic and research facilities. UCLA will open its new hospital in 2004.
"Our development efforts will help us create an entirely new UCLA Academic Health Center over the next dozen years," said Dr. Gerald S. Levey, provost of medical sciences and dean of the UCLA School of Medicine. "We're extremely pleased to add Anne Dunsmore's professional, passionate approach to building support for that ambitious goal."
"It has long been my desire to use my development abilities to impact quality of life issues," Dunsmore said. "I welcome the opportunity to lead the dedicated staff of the Medical Sciences Development Office at UCLA in raising funds for research, education and the construction of new facilities that will set the standard for medical care in the new millennium. It promises to be a rewarding experience, both professionally and personally."
Dunsmore, a fund-raiser and political consultant for nearly two decades, has assisted numerous businesses, charities, campaign initiatives and candidates, including former California Governor Pete Wilson and presidential candidate and Texas Governor George W. Bush. She also headed fund-raising efforts on behalf of Proposition 172 (half-cent sales tax for fire/crime), and directed the finance operation for Proposition 140 (term limitations for state officials). A native of New England, Dunsmore graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a double major in Asian studies and international relations. She resides in Tarzana with her husband, Michael, and their two daughters, Alissa and Mary Paige.