Welcome Sherry Wickware, Director of Development

Please join us in welcoming Sherry Wickware to the UCLA Library. Sherry has returned to the Library as our new director of development, where she will be based in the Charles E. Young Research Library once it is safe to return to campus. Find out more about Sherry's previous connection to the Library and learn more about her and her professional aspirations.

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new director of development?
I am thrilled to come home tot the UCLA Library and be part of the Library Development team. My focus will be on cultivating relationships with individuals who are interested in making major gifts or planned gifts. I look forward to connecting the philanthropic passions of donors to important parts of our mission at the Library.

How has you prior experience prepared you for this role at the Library?
My various advancement roles over the last couple of decades focused on major gifts at different universities in the region - Mount Saint Mary's University, Antioch University Los Angeles and CSU Dominguez Hills. These professional experiences have prepared me well for fundraising for the Library. Also, I worked in the UCLA Library Development Office from 2004 to 2008. That foundation in Library Development and my historical knowledge of UCLA is helpful.

What projects will you be tackling first?
I will be working on outreach to both existing Library donors and others in our community who may be interested in supporting our work at the Library. Our team is actively working to develop creative ways to engage donors virtually amid the pandemic. I look forward to helping individuals become as excited as I am about all the ways the Library supports learners, faculty and researchers.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to? What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work, my husband Hung and I spend most of our time chasing after our kids; our daughter is 13 and our son is 6. We enjoy reading. With my son I've been reading Captain Underpants and the Little People, Big Dreams series, with the book about David Bowie being his favorite. My daughter and I are reading Stephen King books, and we are about to start The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. My recent reads include My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman and Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids by Susan Cain. 

We are delighted to have Sherry at the UCLA Library. You can contact her at swickware@library.ucla.edu.