Thomas Abrahamson appointed to Dominican University board

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Courtesy Dominican University

Thomas D. Abrahamson, chairman of Lipman Hearne, has been appointed to the board of trustees of Dominican University. Abrahamson, who will serve a three-year term with the university board, has been with Lipman Hearne, one of the nation's leading marketing and communications firms serving the nonprofit sector, since 1994.

Lipman Hearne clients have included institutions of higher education such as Amherst College, Indiana University, Southern Illinois University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Michigan, as well as nonprofit organizations such as Lions Club International, the Archdiocese of New York, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Under his leadership, the full-service marketing firm received in 2012 two Gold Awards, eight Silver Awards and three Bronze Awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report's Education Advertising Awards.

"Tom's relationship with Dominican University is complex and long standing --- colleague, neighbor, business partner, donor—which is exactly the density of involvement that we look for in a trustee," said Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll. "He knows the institution; he is already invested in our success; and, he brings to the board table an expertise in marketing that will enrich our deliberations. Tom wants to get more involved in the Oak Park/River Forest Community and we are delighted that he views Dominican trusteeship as his opportunity to make a contribution."

Prior to joining Lipman Hearne, Abrahamson served as associate vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions at DePaul University.

A leading speaker and author in the field of marketing, Abrahamson also contributed to two books on enrollment management. He served as chairman of the American Marketing Association's Foundation Board and, in 2009, was named Nonprofit Marketing Volunteer of the Year by the AMA Foundation.

Abrahamson is past president of the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago as well as Urban Gateways of Chicago.

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