Braun named President of Medical Foundation of North Carolina and Associate Dean for Development at the UNC School of Medicine

Braun will lead 50 development professionals at the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, a charitable not-for-profit organization that raises private philanthropic funds to support the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Health Care.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ann Braun, a development professional with extensive experience in both academic medicine and hospital fundraising, will become President of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina and Associate Dean for Development of the UNC School of Medicine on May 19, 2014. Braun will lead 50 development professionals at the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, a charitable not-for-profit organization that raises private philanthropic funds to support the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Health Care. Braun’s most recent position was serving as President and Chief Development Officer of the Palomar Health Foundation, California’s largest hospital district, covering a 2,200-square-mile area in North San Diego County.

“Ann is an exceptional advancement professional with a broad base of medical fundraising experience,” said William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer for UNC Health Care and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “We are pleased to have her leading our dedicated team of fundraising professionals. “

Braun brings to UNC a track record of building and managing successful fundraising teams. Before becoming President and Chief Development Officer at Palomar Health Foundation, Braun was Senior Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine where she increased private support by more than 100 percent. She began her development career at the University of Michigan Medical School where she led the effort to launch the “Champions for Children Campaign” that resulted in the building of a new children’s and women’s hospital in Ann Arbor.  Braun also led a campaign at the University of Florida College of Medicine to raise money for medical scholarships, young scientists, and a new medical school facility. Ann believes deeply in the mission of medicine and the significant role academic medical centers play in training the next generation of physicians and scientists.

“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished professional join our team,” said John Alexander, Chair of the Medical Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Ann truly understands how to cultivate support for medical school and hospital programs. She has successfully managed an independent foundation, hired and trained development professionals, and successfully navigated a wide range of challenges facing frontline fundraisers. The Foundation has just completed its 65th year of serving our medical community and the citizens of North Carolina. We have a bright new future, filled with great aspirations. We are excited that Ms. Braun will be a driving force in taking us to these new levels of accomplishment.”

Braun was selected after an extensive national search and will spearhead the medical foundation’s fundraising efforts in support of the education, clinical, and research missions of the medical school and health care system.

“It is an honor to be chosen to lead the effort to inspire individuals, foundations, and companies to generously give in support of the mission of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care to care for all citizens of the State of North Carolina.” said Braun. “I am excited about working alongside the skilled development professionals working at the Medical Foundation and am looking forward to being a member of the Carolina family where a commitment to excellence is a deeply ingrained tradition.”

Braun began her career working for a subsidiary of Berkshire-Hathaway managing a team of teachers selling World Book Educational Products to schools and families. She ultimately was awarded ownership of an exclusive distributorship covering Michigan and Ohio where she developed her management skills by supporting the success of those that reported to her.  

Braun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University.

Braun assumes leadership of the Medical Foundation from Debbie Dibbert, who has served as interim President and Associate Dean since July 1, 2013. Dibbert will continue at UNC as Director of External Affairs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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