October 15, 2017


Karissa Grasty, a seasoned development manager and sophisticated fundraiser with a diverse background in higher education and nonprofit organizations, has joined the Gillings School as its new associate dean for advancement, effective Nov. 1.

Karissa Grasty

Karissa Grasty

Grasty previously served as assistant dean for advancement for the University of Miami’s College of Engineering and its School of Nursing and Health Studies. There, she was responsible for the design and overall development strategy for the two professional schools, both of which exceeded their annual fundraising goals under her leadership.

A North Carolina native and alumna of the University of Georgia, Grasty has more than 20 years’ experience in fundraising and has held significant leadership roles at every stage of her career.

“We are delighted that Karissa will be joining us in this important leadership position,” said Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “The leadership team and I look forward to working with her to increase opportunities for our students and faculty members and to bring to reality our exciting School priorities. She joins a great School and a very strong advancement team.”


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