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Dexter Bailey, Senior Vice President for Advancement, Stony Brook University

Dexter Bailey, Senior Vice President for Advancement, Stony Brook University

From his beginnings in politics to his ascent on the higher education fundraising ladder -- first at Ohio University, then University of Washington, UC Berkeley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and today at Stony Brook University -- Dexter Bailey has planned for and achieved success at every turn. Here, he shares with LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (LLLS) some of the beliefs that have inspired him throughout a stellar career.

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Sue Cunningham, President, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham, President, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham’s career has taken her to England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, and even Hong Kong, she claims Berkeley, California, as her birthplace. Due to a “brain drain” from the UK and Europe to the United States, her father, a microbiologist with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, was recruited by the University of California Berkeley, and it was there that Sue was born.

When Sue was nine, the family moved back to London where she studied at the prestigious Godolphin and Latymer day school. Work in the theater world, and ultimately, advancement, followed, culminating in a position that has her calling the States home once again. Sue is the newly appointed president for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and in this interview, she discusses the illustrious career that helped land her there.

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Norman D. Potter, Vice President/Chief Development Officer, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

After over 27 successful years in the for-profit world of banking -- in wealth management, to be exact -- Norman (Norm) Potter had no idea that he would then face the biggest challenge of his career. But after being recruited and selected as Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, that's exactly where he found himself.

Here, Norm shares the story of how his for-profit experience brought fresh thinking to the famed academic medical center's development department -- and the insights he gained as his leadership skills were tested by this brand new (for him) nonprofit world.

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Kris Laping, Senior Vice President, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Kris Laping, Senior Vice President, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In the hotbed of academic medical center excellence that is Boston, Kris Laping is a standout in every way. Her philanthropic efforts as Senior Vice President of Development for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have led to an impressive reputation as a builder and manager of superior teams - so much so that she is a valued resource and trusted mentor to many within and beyond the New England development scene.

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