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Chapel Hill, NC – Debbie C. Dibbert, Director of External Affairs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected president of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO). She will serve a two-year term.

Now in its 22nd year, NACCDO is the nation’s premier professional development organization in the cancer field, providing its members with unparalleled opportunities and benefits. The organization’s guiding mission is to relieve the burden of cancer by addressing the needs unique to development officers in its member cancer centers – bringing together over 400 development professionals representing 71 cancer centers throughout the United States. In 2011 alone, more than $1.2 billion was raised by member institutions to further cancer research and patient care. Membership in NACCDO is open to all National Cancer Institute-designated and/or NCI funded cancer centers and member benefits are shared by member center development professionals.

Dibbert has served as Director of External Affairs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2003. She oversees a comprehensive development and communications program and supervises a staff of 10. She also serves as Vice President of The Medical Foundation of NC, Inc., the fundraising arm of UNC Hospitals and the UNC School of Medicine. In her nine years at UNC, Dibbert has overseen major growth in the Cancer Center’s Development program and she played a lead role in the $81 million campaign for UNC Lineberger that ended in 2007. Prior to joining UNC Lineberger, Dibbert was director of development, alumni affairs and public relations at Durham Academy in Durham, N.C., for 10 years. Dibbert graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in political science.

Dibbert is also active in the Chapel Hill community and currently serves as a Board member of Family House, a hospitality house for seriously ill patients being treated at UNC Hospitals.