David Edelman has been selected as vice president for Advancement and Development at Fielding Graduate University it was announced by President Richard S. Meyers, PhD. A long-time Santa Barbara resident with a career that included both the business and nonprofit sectors, Edelman will join Fielding’s senior management team to lead the university’s activities in development, alumni relations, corporate and foundation affiliations, community outreach, and external relations.
Edelman worked for 14 years at Cox Communications where he was known as a dynamic and innovative business leader and was responsible for significant growth and successful strategic planning for the company. He was the public spokesperson for Cox and produced and hosted the award-winning “Community Connection” television program that spotlighted local nonprofit organizations. Prior to his positions at Cox, Edelman was executive director at Klein Bottle Youth Programs, a nonprofit organization that served children, youth, and families, where he raised and managed an annual budget of over $4,000,000.
Edelman has an MBA from California Coast University, an MA from California State Northridge, and a BS from SUNY, New York. He is an active supporter of numerous nonprofits as a volunteer and board member. While VP of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, he led their fundraising program through the annual dinner and charity auction. Edelman serves on the boards of Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Nonprofit Support Center and volunteers for United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Heart Association, and La Casa de Maria.
In announcing Edelman’s appointment, Meyers said “David has had an impressive career in business and contributed so much to Santa Barbara’s community nonprofits. We are delighted he is joining our organization, where he will apply his considerable talent and experience on our behalf, here and everywhere Fielding is represented by students, faculty, and alumni.”
Chief among Edelman’s responsibilities will be to enhance the university’s profile in the public domain and to expand support for the work undertaken by its network of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the advancement of social justice and diversity throughout the world. He will assume the position on November 1, 2010.