Haydn brings media, finance, business expertise to Development

Named one of Alaska’s top 40 young executives and a graduate of the military’s Defense Information School, Stephanie Haydn has joined APU as development director overseeing efforts to enhance giving.

“As director, I can help donors take part in APU as an institution that resonates with their personal philanthropic objectives,” Haydn said.

“I truly enjoy connecting people to what matters to them.”

Haydn was identified as a leading young executive in 2010 and named to an annual list of “Top 40 Under 40,” compiled by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

She is an APU business administration student who plans to pursue her MBA as soon as this fall at APU. Haydn most recently served as development director of Covenant House Alaska, where she was responsible for fundraising that generated more than $4 million for the Anchorage-based shelter for homeless and runaway youth.

Haydn worked previously as community affairs manager for Wells Fargo bank in Anchorage and as senior business development officer at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, where she also served as fundraising chair of the Alaska USA Foundation.

Haydn began work at APU on Aug.1.

“I’m glad to welcome Stephanie to APU, this time as a staff member,” APU President Don Bantz said.
Haydn said the development job interested her as a student who has benefited from APU’s commitment to active learning. In fact, she believes so strongly in APU education that Haydn convinced five banking peers to enroll here; two have graduated and the others are continuing in graduate or undergraduate programs.

“That was before joining the APU team,” Haydn said. “I’m looking forward to using my personal experiences here to motivate others to be part of APU.”

Acknowledging recent flux in the university’s advancement office, Haydn said she’s eager to be present as APU enters a new era of opportunity and growth.

“It’s exciting to have a role in shaping the university’s legacy,” she said.

Among her first priorities: Understanding APU’s mix of corporate and individual gift-giving while learning more about constituents and their interest in supporting the university.

APU’s reputation for producing community leaders and offering programs that attract a range of students has helped position the university among donors seeking to make a difference, Haydn said.

“I’m impressed that with limited staff, President Bantz has grown gift giving and development,” she said.

Short-term goals include enhancing the APU development team; mobilizing APU graduates; and integrating policies so that the President’s Office and Advancement Office maintain existing relationships and cultivate new ones.

Haydn said she wants to expand use of social media to help more people feel linked to the university.

“Social media give APU the chance to present real-time accounts about what’s happening here,” she said.

Using social media to share stories about APU people, events and research helps broaden the university community and increases the potential number of APU friends and supporters.

“I’m honored to help APU position itself as the first choice for undergraduate and graduate studies not only in Alaska but Outside,” Haydn said.