At the end of the fall 2012 semester, both Brownwood and Howard Payne University will be losing a great asset. Paul Dunne, vice-president for development, resigned from HPU for an opportunity to work with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to come to because I didn’t want to leave Brownwood,” Dunne said. “But, it’s a good position that they offered me.”
Dunne will serve as the vice-president of development, communication and marketing for the largest non-profit in Boulder, Co., which has won non-profit of the year the last 10 years.
“The CEO is a close friend of my who has offered me this position a few years ago,” Dunne said. “Things finally lined up to where I could accept.”
In the two and half years in Brownwood, Dunne and his wife, Julieanne, have been very involved in the community by taking part in the Brownwood Kiwanis Club, CASA, Brownwood Area Live On Stage (BALOS), Brownwood Retail Committee, Association Of Fundraising Professionals, Worship Leader at May First Baptist Church and the Lyric Theatre productions. Julieanne also serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters board.
Dunne has always been a philanthropic businessman, but it wasn’t until the aftermath of 9/11 he decided to make a change.
“I was a high level corporate recruiter when 9/11 happened, and after that I decided I wanted to make a change,” Dunne said. “I started working for the Denver Rescue Mission, a Christian based homeless shelter.”
Dunne’s primary job with the rescue was fund-raising — it’s something he has mastered and brought to Howard Payne. During his time with Howard Payne, Dunne has helped secure the funds for the Mobile Go Center and helped raise funds for both the Winds of Triumph’s trip to London for the Olympics and the drama department’s trip to Scotland.
One of Dunne's biggest accomplishment at Howard Payne has been their fund-raising efforts at 34 percent and 35 percent in consecutive years while the national average for higher education fundraising is 3.5 percent.
“My team and I have had a great turnout in our fund-raising efforts,” Dunne said. “I’ve been very honored to be able to return and serve at Howard Payne, a place that has meant so much to me while I was in college. I love Howard Payne University and I will continue to be involved with alumni fund-raising.”