Paul J. McFadden, chief development officer at Youngstown State University, has been named president of the Youngstown State University Foundation.
McFadden replaces Reid Schmutz, who retires after more than two decades at the Foundation’s helm.
“The trustees congratulate Mr. Schmutz on his 22 years of overseeing the steady growth Foundation,” said Lee Burdman, chair of the YSU Foundation Board of Trustees. “We welcome Mr. McFadden, who will continue the fine tradition of scholarship support for students on this campus.”
The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2012.
“It is an honor to receive this responsibility from the YSU Foundation Board of Trustees,” McFadden said. “It is a special honor to follow Reid Schmutz. I have followed Reid for almost 20 years as a colleague and a mentor. He has set the bar very high.”
The YSU Foundation, founded in 1966, is a private, non-profit foundation that supports YSU exclusively, mostly through scholarships for students. The Foundation, with assets of $180 million, funds 3,500 to 4,000 scholarships annually.
McFadden, chosen after a national search, was a star placekicker for the YSU Penguins’ football team in the early 1980s and went on to kick in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. He was named All-Pro and NFC Rookie of the Year in 1984.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from YSU in 1991 and a master’s in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2000.
A former announcer for YSU Penguin football games, McFadden has been a fund-raiser at the university for the past 18 years, first as director of Athletic Development then director of University Development and then, for the past nine years, as chief development officer.
McFadden, supervising a staff of nine employees, led YSU’s $43 million Centennial Campaign, the largest fund-raising effort in the university’s history, exceeding the goal by $9 million. He also led efforts to raise $12.1 million for the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center at YSU, the first university building constructed entirely with private funds in more than four decades. McFadden also led the charge to successfully acquire YSU’s first two Kresge Foundation Grants and to develop the university’s $500,000 Brick Campaign. He also worked on raising $3.5 million to build the east grand stands at YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Mahoning-Shenango Planned Giving Council, the Poland Municipal Forest Foundation and Youngstown Goodwill Industries, where he was named Board Member of the Year in 1998. He was inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011, received the YSU Distinguished Service Award in 2010, was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honorary society in 2008, was named the YSU Penguin Club’s Penguin of the Year in 2001, and was inducted into the YSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive emerging urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.