May 4, 2001

CONTACT: Pamela Young





YPSILANTI - Dr. John B. Shorrock has been named to the newly created position of vice president for advancement and executive director of the EMU Foundation, at Eastern Michigan University, effective July 15.

Shorrock, 55, has been vice president for advancement at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois since 1992.

"John Shorrock brings to EMU a strong professional approach to the university advancement enterprise and years of successful experience in fundraising, alumni relations and foundation management, " said Dr. Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, president of Eastern Michigan. "He has a national reputation and, with a record of success at both public and private higher education institutions and experience at both residential and metropolitan universities, he is well-suited to EMU's mission and needs. We are very excited about having him join the executive team."

In his new role, Shorrock will be responsible for a comprehensive fundraising and alumni relations program for the University, including annual giving, alumni programs, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and capital campaigns, planned giving and research and advancement services. He also will represent the University and Foundation to the corporate, foundation, donor and alumni communities.

"President Kirkpatrick has outlined a dynamic and aggressive agenda for Eastern Michigan, and I'm very pleased to be joining his staff at this opportune time," said Shorrock. "With the EMU Alumni Association and EMU Foundation pulling together, there is every reason to believe that the forward and upward momentum of the University will continue and that EMU's educational

mission will be strengthened in significant ways. Personally, it is very exciting to work with faculty, staff and administrative colleagues who share common goals and objectives."

Shorrock earned a Ph.D. in modern European history from West Virginia University; a master's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and a bachelor's degree from Tusculum College in Tennessee.

During his tenure at Bradley University, he planned, implemented and directed The Bradley University Centennial Campaign, a five-year comprehensive capital campaign with a goal of $100 million. The campaign achieved endowment growth of $100 million twenty months ahead of schedule and successfully completed its fundraising efforts with gifts and pledges of $127 million.

From 1984-1992, Shorrock was associate vice president and executive director of The University of Akron Foundation, where he directed the University of Akron Campaign, a three-year capital gift campaign with a goal of $52 million for facilities, equipment, endowment and operating support .

Shorrock also was director of planned giving and associate director for university advancement at Wittenberg University from 1978 - 1984, and director of corporate giving and foundation support at Lafayette College from 1977-1978.

He also has served as coordinator of corporate and foundation support for the West Virginia University Foundation and was a history instructor at West Virginia University and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Active in various professional organizations, he is a frequent presenter on various advancement topics and was named "1998 Fundraising Executive of the Year," by the Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He also has co-authored various articles and professional papers in the field of fundraising.

A native of Wisconsin, he is married and has two children.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professionals through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and online courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.