Although Hastings College Alumnus Gary Freeman ‘93 stepped down as President of the Hastings College Foundation in August 2010 to join the University of Nebraska-Omaha Athletic Department as Associate Athletic Director, he has remained an important part of the Hastings College family.
Effective April 1, 2013, Freeman will rejoin Hastings College on a full-time basis as Vice President for Advancement and Chief Development Officer.
“As a Trustee and a Foundation Director, Gary has already been actively involved in strategic planning, endowment management and policy development at Hastings College,” said Don Jackson ’70, President of Hastings College. “Gary previously led the Hastings College Foundation during an outstanding period of fundraising success, and he is the ideal candidate to guide the Foundation at this time."
Freeman looks forward to returning to fundraising at an institution meaningful to him.
“Hastings College is a special place to me,” Freeman said. “It’s where I found outstanding mentors, earned an excellent education and met my wife. As I return to fundraising for HC, I look forward to reconnecting with the many people who share my love for the College and to introducing Hastings College to new audiences.”
During Freeman’s previous tenure at the Hastings College Foundation, it was a separate entity with its own leadership structure. Within the last two years, the Hastings College Board of Trustees restructured the Hastings College Foundation to have the Foundation Vice President work directly with the College President. Among the benefits of the new structure are increased communication and administrative efficiencies.
As Foundation President from 2003-2010, Freeman led the final phase of the $25 million Building on Tradition Campaign as well as the $13 million campaign for the Morrison-Reeves Science Center. The Foundation also raised approximately $6 million annually for capital, annual operations and the endowment. Freeman created a comprehensive deferred and planned giving program and developed a grant writing program resulting in major funding from private foundations. Prior to his service as Foundation President, he served as Senior Vice President from 2000-2003.
Freeman will maintain offices both in Hastings and Omaha.
After earning his B.A. in Business Administration from Hastings College, Freeman earned his CPA and worked for what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers. He graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders in 2006.
Freeman, a Hastings, Neb.-native who played for the HC Bronco Football and Baseball teams, is married to Susan (Herbek) Freeman '94. They have one daughter, Aly.