Butler University has appointed Shari Alexander Richey ’88 as vice president for university advancement. She has served as interim vice president since Oct.1, 2012.

As vice president, Richey directs the University’s fundraising, alumni and parent programs, capital campaigns, annual giving, and corporate and foundation relations. She is a former member of the University Board of Trustees and past president of the Butler Alumni Association board.

“Butler University offers academic challenge and personal guidance to its students,” Richey said. “Butler prepared me and other members of my family to succeed in our professions and in contributing to society. I look forward to telling the Butler story as vice president for university advancement.”

Butler President James M. Danko said Richey brings a wealth of experience, talent, and Bulldog loyalty to her new role.

“During her interim service, Shari has built momentum for our critically important development efforts,” he said. “Given her extensive University networks and institutional knowledge, and the strong support Shari enjoys among the trustees, administration, and advancement staff, she was clearly the top choice for this key leadership role.”

Richey graduated cum laude from Butler University with a degree in accounting. She earned her license as a certified public accountant, and ultimately served 10 years as a tax consulting partner at Ernst & Young, Indianapolis. After a successful 21-year career, she left the firm in 2009.

She has also been a longtime civic and community leader, having served multiple years on the boards of The Indiana Repertory Theatre, United Way of Central Indiana, and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. She is currently a member of the Zionsville (Ind.) Community School Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Zionsville United Methodist Church.

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