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Bradley University names new Vice President for Advancement

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- A familiar face to the Bradley campus is returning as the university names Tom Hammerton to the position of Vice President for Advancement.

At the university, he will be responsible for fundraising and alumni engagement initiatives.

Hammerton comes back to campus from OSF HealthCare and the OSF HealthCare Foundation.

A joint release says Hammerton led an $85 million fundraising campaign for the building that houses the OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois that opeend in 2010.

He also led the fundraising for the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home and Almost Home Kids -- all three buildings funded 100 percent by philanthropic dollars.

"He is very passionate about who we are and what we are doing as an institution," said Bradley President Stephen Standifird. "He shares my vision for a stronger Bradley, a stronger Peoria, and a stronger connection with our alumni base."

"Tom is passionate about making a difference in the Peoria community, and his new position at Bradley University will afford him a unique opportunity," said Bob Sehring, CEO of OSF HealthCare. “He has been instrumental in much of OSF’s fundraising success and while we will miss his leadership at the Foundation and on our Executive Cabinet, we wish him continued success in his new role. OSF and Bradley have partnered on many things over the years."

"With Tom at Bradley, our collaboration with the university will undoubtedly only strengthen."

Hammerton was previously at Bradley on their advancement team from 1999-2008 before joining OSF HealthCare.

He begins his new position at the university on December 1.

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