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UH Foundation Broadens Executive Team

October 20, 2015, 4:49 PM HST
* Updated October 20, 4:50 PM
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The University of Hawai’i Foundation has announced two new members of its executive team.

Rebecca Smith was recently named Vice President for Development and Campaign Co-Director, focusing on the health sciences colleges and programs and the seven University of Hawai’i Community Colleges.

Tom Tseng will join as Vice President for Development and Campaign Co-Director, supporting UH Manoa and regional and international programs.

Both appointments will go into effect on Dec. 10.

“Rebecca and Tom bring great depth of experience working with donors, academic leaders, and volunteers after serving in development, external relations, and alumni relations leadership roles during four successful billion-dollar fundraising campaigns at some of the best universities in the country,” said University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner.


Smith brings 30 years of university development experience. As the current Associate Dean for External Relations at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, she sets the vision and strategy and facilitates the execution of all aspects of external relations for the school. In addition, Smith plays a leadership role in developing and executing fundraising strategies and working with major supporters of the university.


Tseng is a graduate of McKinley High School and holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in engineering from Cornell University. He has 27 years in higher education, which includes six years in college admissions at Cornell University and 21 years in alumni affairs and development from his tenure at four universities. Tseng is currently the Senior Director, International Division of Stanford’s Office of Development.


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