Vice President for University Advancement
Speare Administration Building
Phone: (800) 772-2620 or (603) 535-2589
Fax: (603) 535-2699
Paula Lee Hobson joined Plymouth State University as the Vice President for University Advancement in July 2014 and has 35 years of experience in development and marketing, including 20 years of experience in Institutional Advancement in higher education. Under her leadership, Plymouth State University Advancement has set fundraising records—from $1.2 million in fiscal year 2014 to $5.2 million in fiscal year 2017—as well as launched a comprehensive integrated marketing communications program to support the brand of the University’s integrated clusters learning model—“See further up here.” Paula Lee is responsible for the University Advancement division, including development, planned giving, annual giving, alumni relations, marketing communications and creative services, advancement services, and career development.
Prior to Plymouth State, she was the Executive Director for the largest community college in Northern Nevada and led the institution’s successful $25 million Major Gifts Campaign. The first part of her career was spent in private industry, and she most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for HSI Geotrans, a private hydrogeologic and engineering consulting firm that had office locations across the Western Hemisphere. Ms. Hobson also served in development and marketing leadership roles for Hydro-Search, Kleinfelder, The Mark Group and JMA Architects and Engineers in Nevada. Her advancement management expertise covers major gifts, capital campaign leadership, alumni relations, events, communication, marketing, advertising, public relations, graphic design, photography, videography and social media.
A first-generation college graduate, Paula Lee knows the transformational impact of higher education on students. Paula Lee grew up in the small town of Coquille, Ore., earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Nevada Reno. She is a professional member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“Plymouth State University has limitless opportunities to serve our students and region,” Hobson said. “I am thrilled to lead a solid University Advancement team at Plymouth State who has engaged alumni and friends in the exciting future of the University,” she said.
Paula Lee enjoys gardening and outdoor sports. She lives in Center Harbor with her twin children and husband, Paul Hackenberry, who is a hydrogeologic professional