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CONTACT:  Susie P. Gonzalez 

Sept. 17, 2009


Trinity University Announces New Assistant Vice President for University Advancement


SAN ANTONIO – Deborah Brient has been named assistant vice president for University Advancement at Trinity University. She will coordinate leadership fundraising strategies for the University, working closely with all Advancement Offices, including Alumni Relations, Development, Major Gifts, and Planned Giving. She also will direct the corporate and foundation giving program and coordinate the departmental strategic planning process.


Before her position at Trinity University, Ms. Brient was the South Texas director of philanthropy at the Nature Conservancy of Texas, where she produced an average of $1 million in revenue annually for operations, capital, and international projects. As the director of philanthropy, she also served on a national philanthropy cabinet to develop major gift fundraising protocol and managed 110 major and middle donors including individuals, foundations, and corporations.


Ms. Brient also facilitated completion of a $60-million capital campaign and the fulfillment of three major challenge grants from The Kresge Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, and Houston Endowment. Much like her role at the Nature Conservancy, Ms. Brient will coordinate the Corporation and Foundation Giving program at Trinity University and work with key development staff members and officers to manage relationships with corporations and foundations.


Ms. Brient holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and secondary education from the University of Kansas. She has had 12 years of management experience in fundraising and broadcast television and eight years of fundraising experience.




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