Lynda Heaney has been named vice chancellor for medical advancement at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Heaney joins Washington University from Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs, where she was assistant vice president for principal and transformational gifts. Her appointment was announced jointly by David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, the George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor; and Pamella A. Henson, executive vice chancellor for university advancement.
Heaney will work closely with Henson and Perlmutter to develop an even more robust organizational structure and new energy to propel philanthropic support for the School of Medicine’s strategic plan.
“I am delighted that Lynda Heaney will be joining Washington University,” Perlmutter said. “She has the kind of experience in the patient care and biomedical research environments of academic medicine that can help us to match up grateful patients, alumni and our broader community with the many wonderful programs on this campus. I know the leadership team of the medical school is hungry to work with Lynda on philanthropic strategies that can help us accomplish our dreams for the future of academic medicine at Washington University.”
At Duke Health, Heaney was responsible for designing and implementing the principal gifts program. She worked closely with the chancellor, the vice president of Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs, major gifts officers and other leaders to create strategies for principal and prospective gifts.
“I think Lynda Heaney will be a great asset, and I am thrilled that she is joining the university,” Chancellor Andrew D. Martin said. “I am confident that her extraordinary experience and unique perspective will help elevate our medical advancement programs to a new level.”
Before joining Duke in 2013, Heaney spent 12 years at the University of California, San Diego, first as director of external relations in academic affairs and director of campaign and institutional initiatives and then as senior director of fundraising initiatives for the health sciences academic programs. From there, she became executive director of principal gifts for health sciences development before concluding her tenure as senior executive director of the university’s principal gifts program.
“Lynda Heaney is an outstanding fundraiser and administrator, and we are extremely fortunate that she will be leading our medical advancement team,” Henson said. “During this important time of transition, I think she will help us greatly enhance and transform our programs, especially the grateful patient fundraising program. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Pat Gregory and Rich Luze for their excellent leadership in our department while we conducted our national search.”
Earlier in her career, Heaney worked for the Alliance Healthcare Foundation and for Marine Sciences Development at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.