College Welcomes New
Growing up on a farm near Kirksville, Missouri, Robyn Kollar developed an appreciation for the importance of veterinary medicine. From her experiences as a youngster involved in 4-H and FFA showing and judging cattle, she said she feels a connection to veterinarians and others who share her affinity for animals.
“There is an integrity there, that is really important to me,” she said.
When the opportunity to become a part of the team at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine opened up, she jumped at the chance.
“MU has been a place I admired from afar for some time. This is a really great opportunity,” she said.
Kollar recently joined the CVM as the new senior director of Advancement. She will work with Ron Cott, DVM, executive director of Advancement, and Kylene Richardson, advancement officer, in raising financial support for the college.
Kollar comes to the college from her alma mater, Truman State University, in Kirksville, where she served as the manager of the annual giving program for nearly eight years. In addition to leading a program that achieved record annual giving levels for the university’s Foundation, she worked to expand donor support for Truman’s athletics programs, managed the Parents Fund, and built partnerships to support the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series, a program of cultural events for northeast Missouri.
Prior to joining Truman State University, she spent five years as the associate director of Development at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, focusing on local, regional and national fundraising campaigns to increase support from physician alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders.
Kollar has also used her fundraising talents in a volunteer capacity, helping the United Way of Adair County/Northeast Missouri since 2003. Among the roles she filled for that organization were campaign chair, division chair, fundraising committee co-chair and board member.
Kollar said she is beginning her new position by learning more about the college’s research programs and facility needs from the faculty and administration, as well as speaking with current students and alumni about their experiences at the CVM.
“I think it’s important to build on what is already working,” she said.
Kollar has a bachelor of arts degree in communication and a minor in business management. She is the mother of three grown children. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking and reading.
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