Mike Archibald has announced he will be leaving SLU to pursue another job in educational fundraising and to focus on his family, as his youngest son, Nicholas, is a junior at Canton High School and will soon be starting his college search. Although Archibald has ultimately decided to leave, he still plans to stick around for the fall semester to offer his assistance to the advancement department staff.
For the past twenty years Archibald has served SLU under an array of titles, such as director of annual and special gifts and director of major gifts, but for the past ten years he’s had the title of vice president for university advancement. VP Archibald has been responsible for the university’s fundraising campaigns, development, alumni and parent programs, as well as SLU’s involvement with the North Country Public Radio.
Looking back over the past 14 years, Archibald said his leadership during the university’s large fundraising campaigns, Campaign St. Lawrence and Momentum St. Lawrence, as the most memorable highlights of his career. During those campaigns upwards of $300 million were raised for former University President Dan Sullivan’s efforts to revamp campus aesthetics and student programs.
Archibald said these initiatives were pivotal for St. Lawrence, saying, “In my view the University got much better at delivering a liberal arts education during that period of time.”
Archibald said he sees St. Lawrence University as “the anchor of his professional life” and that he is “most grateful” towards the board of trustees, all of his colleagues, and the faculty and staff whom he has worked with over the years. Archibald will certainly be missed by the St. Lawrence community.
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