George Koonce, Ph.D., advancement professional and former Green Bay Packers linebacker, has accepted an appointment as Marian University’s Vice President of Advancement. “We are delighted to welcome George Koonce to the Marian University and Fond du Lac communities,” said Robert Fale, interim president of Marian University. “George Koonce’s expertise in fundraising and community engagement, as well as his passion for higher education, will be an incredible asset to the future success of Marian University.” Koonce will provide leadership and strategic direction to the Office of Advancement and will be responsible for growing awareness and increasing philanthropic support for Marian University through community and alumni engagement. Koonce brings with him several years of fundraising and advancement experience. He most recently served as the Director of Development for Marquette University’s Urban Scholars Program, and previously served as an independent consultant with Dampeer & Canady LLC of Milwaukee, Wis. He has also served as Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Senior Associate Athletics Director at Marquette University, Director of Player Development for the Green Bay Packers and Special Assistant to the Athletic Director at East Carolina University. Koonce earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University at Regents in Albany, New York, master’s degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and his doctor of philosophy degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. “I've consistently maintained that there is life after football and I continue to seek personal challenges,” said Koonce. “Being a part of the Marquette family has shown me that I can make a difference. I want to thank Father Wild and the Marquette University family for the tremendous opportunity they have given me and wish them continued success.” Koonce will join Marian University in this position effective April 21, 2014.