April 11, 2012
Courtney L. Surls. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Courtney L. Surls. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Surls Named Newseum Senior Vice President of Development

WASHINGTON — Courtney L. Surls, vice president for development for the University of Southern California, has been named senior vice president of development for the Newseum.

Surls’s appointment was announced by James C. Duff, president and chief executive officer of the Freedom Forum and chief executive officer of the Newseum. The Freedom Forum, which operates the Newseum, champions the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy.

“Courtney has an outstanding record as an innovative and energetic leader in the most ambitious university fundraising campaign in the country,” Duff said. “We are delighted that Courtney will join and lead our development team at the Newseum. She has both the skills and the enthusiasm for our civic education mission to help propel our greater outreach initiatives.”

Surls, 45, played a leadership role in the advancement efforts of the University of Southern California, one of the top fundraising universities in the country. She was integral in the development of fundraising programs and infrastructure to support the $6 billion capital campaign launched by USC last year.

Surls will join the Newseum this summer. She succeeds Mary Kay Blake, senior vice president of development for the Newseum since 2007.

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