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Zizi Fritz named NMSU’s associate vice president for development

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, native, Zizi Fritz has been named associate vice president for development at New Mexico State University. She brings more than 28 years of nonprofit fundraising and senior management experience to Las Cruces.


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Zizi Fritz has been named associate vice president for development at New Mexico State University. She will begin her position in late November. (Courtesy photo)

“We are excited to welcome our newest team member to the NMSU Foundation, Zizi Fritz, as associate vice president for development,” said Andrea Tawney, NMSU Foundation president and vice president for University Advancement. “We look forward to Zizi’s addition to our outstanding team and working with the development directors and Corporate and Foundation Relations unit.”

Fritz will join NMSU on Nov. 27 after spending three years as the president and CEO of YMCA of Central New Mexico in Albuquerque.

“I am thrilled to accept the position,” Fritz said. “I first became acquainted with NMSU through Leadership New Mexico and Quality New Mexico. It is a true honor to become aligned with an organization such as NMSU, and its unwavering dedication to excellence.”

Previously, she was the director of resource development at the Bosque School for more than two years and executive director and vice president of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation for more than seven years.

“I have always had a passion to strengthen my community,” Fritz said. “I hope to inspire many about the great joy of giving. I am also excited to show the endless possibilities and opportunities created with donor investments.”

Fritz earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Fritz also is a graduate of the fundraising school from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement training.