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Love Collins, III

Love Collins, III
Vice Chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Love Collins, III currently serves as the vice chancellor of development and alumni relations for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He has a distinguished record of significant achievements in development, higher education, academic medical institutions, and highly complex multidivisional institutions. Collins is a visionary with impressive strategic planning and campaign experience. He has a personal track record as a principal gift fundraiser and a builder of successful development programs.

As chief development officer at UTHSC, Collins provides the leadership and coordination of the development and alumni programs with the six college deans, biomedical research, clinical services and in collaboration with the UTHSC senior leadership team. He works closely with the UT Foundation and the UT System to identify strategic private support priorities, create fundraising strategies and tactics, and for implementing development programs. Prior to his current appointment, he served as one of six officers managing Van Andel Institute (VAI), a $1.2B independent biomedical research and science education organization. Collins has more than 40 years of leadership experience in the areas of management, capital campaigns, major gifts, finance, strategic planning, board management, donor cultivation, stewardship and other business processes.

Prior to joining VAI, Collins served as executive vice president for advancement at Benedict College. Previously, he served as associate vice president managing fundraising operations and the successful $250M capital campaign for Howard University's Colleges of Medicine, Communications, Pharmacy, Divinity, Business, Engineering, Social Work, Dentistry, and the Cancer Center and Howard University Hospital. His background also includes executive-level fundraising and communications positions at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center , Florida A&M University and Foundation, and Dillard University. He is responsible for having raised hundreds of millions of dollars in private support and is a nationally recognized fundraiser. He has published numerous articles, speeches and has taught many classes on fundraising leadership, techniques and skills for success and led numerous consulting engagements in fundraising. He is past president of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (Columbia, SC Chapter) where he was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Professional for 2009. He served as deputy managing director of operations and international fundraising for the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games which raised $1.6B . Prior to his Olympic assignment, he rose to the rank of director of corporate strategic planning for BellSouth Corporation after 13 years of service.

Collins is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and obtained an master's of business administration degree in finance from Emory University's prestigious Goizueta Business School. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's IEM program for senior-level academic officers, is a fellow of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, he is an Aspen Institute Fellow, has a management certification from the Wharton Business School and an AMA certification in strategic planning. He served five years in the U.S. Army's Infantry Branch as an airborne officer.

Jim Gandre

Jim Gandre
Manhattan School of Music

James Gandre, an educator and musician with a deep commitment to students and the development of American conservatory learning, returned to Manhattan School of Music to assume the presidency in May 2013. He had served the school for 15 years (1985-2000), most recently as dean of enrollment and alumni. In 2000, he became dean of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he went on to serve concurrently as the interim dean of the College of Education, and ultimately as the university's provost and executive vice president.

Gandre is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMYS) and a member of the Recommendation Board of the Avery Fisher Artist Program. He has been a judge for the Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was a panelist for the William Randolph Hearst Foundation/New World Symphony's symposium on future multicultural recruitment for the orchestra and for the joint Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Aspen Music Festival panel about bridging the worlds of musical training and future music performance. He led the effort to create the National Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs presented by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and served as the first and third Chairperson of the Advisory Committee. Gandre also has presented numerous panels on issues affecting LGBT youth and college/high school professionals at educational conferences.

Gandre has lectured at higher education institutions throughout the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, University of Michigan, Peabody Institute, Mannes College of Music, Stanford University, University of Michigan, the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, the University of the Arts, University of New Mexico, and Interlochen Arts Academy. For four years he served as the external adjudicator for graduation performance examinations at Australia's University of Melbourne School of Music and he has been a regional selector for the Alberto Vilar Global Fellowship in the Performing Arts at NYU. He is the coauthor of a chapter in The New First Among Equals: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) on the role of the provost and of the chief financial officer.

He has served on the board of directors of Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago High School for the Arts, and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. He has also served on the board of visitors of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the board of advisors for Music in the Loft, and on the Diversity Working Group sponsored by the Elizabeth Morse and Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trusts.

Gandre has been a consultant to institutions as diverse as Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music, Chicago's Institute for Clinical Social Work, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and has served as a site team member for the American Bar Association's accreditation division at City University of New York, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Dakota, and Indiana University-Purdue University.

He earned his bachelor's degree in music with honors from Lawrence University, his master's degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also attended the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education and pursued postgraduate music study at the Blossom Festival School of Music/Kent State University.

Laurie K. Houck

Laurie K. Houck
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Rollins College

As vice president for institutional advancement at Rollins College, Laurie Houck oversees the Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services and Scheduling and Events teams.

Prior to joining the Rollins community in January 2017, Houck served as vice president for development and alumni relations at the College of Wooster. During that time, she and her team created and implemented effective fundraising and alumni engagement programs that led to increased giving and volunteer involvement, and built on the strong relationships with and commitment of the board of trustees and the Alumni Board.

She also led the development team at Whitman College from 2006 - 2011, where she created the architecture for their largest campaign. Prior to Whitman, during her decade-long tenure at the University of Washington, she played a key role in the university's $2 billion campaign.

Houck holds a bachelor's degree in English from Whitman College and completed coursework at Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management in 2013.

Gregory R. Leet

Gregory R. Leet
Vice President for Advancement
The Jackson Laboratory

As vice president for advancement at the Jackson Laboratory (JAX), Gregory Leet leads development, communications, and trustee relations. He comes to JAX with more than 25 years of advancement experience, much of it as a senior leader in large, complex institutions.

Prior to joining JAX, Leet served as vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of California, Irvine, leading all advancement and fundraising programs and initiatives, including those of the UCI Medical Center and Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center, and oversaw the university's community and government relations programs. Under his leadership, UCI became the youngest university to complete a $1B fundraising campaign. He also secured UCI's largest gift ever of $40M for nursing and allied health sciences. During his tenure, the department recruited nearly 90 advancement professionals globally, and implemented development analytics and a comprehensive donor relationship management system.

Leet was formerly vice president at Grenzebach Glier & Associates in Chicago, an advancement consulting firm. There he worked with universities and nonprofits to enhance development programs for clients including UCLA Health Systems, University of Southern California, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

While vice president of development at the Arizona State University Foundation, Leet managed the development staff for a then-planned $1.3B campaign. He also collaborated on fundraising projects such as the ASU Biodesign Institute and helped with ASU's institutional rebranding initiative and innovative prospect management program. The branding and prospect management efforts both garnered national awards from CASE.

Leet previously was at Creighton University, a private comprehensive research and teaching university. He held several major gifts officer and management positions and secured a $50M outright gift, the largest in Creighton's history. In 2007, Creighton received the CASE Circle of Excellence Award as one of the nation's top 30 development programs.

He received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Kansas State University and his master's degree in nonprofit management at Arizona State University.

Scott Mory

Scott Mory
Vice President for University Advancement
Carnegie Mellon University

Scott Mory is Carnegie Mellon University's vice president for university advancement responsible for overseeing CMU's overall advancement efforts and for building partnerships with its philanthropic and volunteer communities. Appointed in 2015, he works closely with the president, provost, deans and the board of trustees in developing advancement plans and infrastructure to fulfill the university's potential and to support its continued academic and research ascent.

He came to CMU from the University of Southern California, where he served as associate senior vice president and campaign director, managing the day-to-day activities of the "Campaign for USC," a historic effort to raise $6 billion. He joined USC in August 2007 as associate senior vice president for alumni relations, a position he held until his promotion to campaign director in 2012.

Prior to USC, Mory served as assistant vice president for alumni relations and annual giving at the George Washington University. He was also an adjunct professor in the university's law school, teaching a first-year course on legal research and writing, and oral advocacy. From 2002 to 2003, he was a member of the George Washington University Board of Trustees.

He is a frequent presenter at CASE conferences and served as a member of CASE's Commission on Alumni Relations. He also served a term as secretary of the board of directors of the Association of Private College and University Alumni Directors and as a member of the Council of Alumni Association Executives.

Mory holds a bachelor's degree from the George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School. Following law school he served as a law clerk for the Hon. John Garrett Penn of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and then was an associate at the New York office of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

Ronald J. Schiller

Ronald J. Schiller
Founding Partner
Aspen Leadership Group, LLC

Founding Partner of the Aspen Leadership Group and the Philanthropy Career Network, Ronald J. Schiller is a nationally recognized advisor to presidents, board members, and other leaders in higher education, arts and cultural organizations, health care, and social and community services. Since 2011, he has focused his attention on executive search and strategic consulting, drawing on his experience as fundraising leader, executive team member, board member, and search consultant built over a 30-year career.

Ron has held leadership positions in seven educational and cultural institutions, including the University of Chicago, where he led a team of more than 450 that completed a $2.3 billion campaign and facilitated two nine-figure gifts. A recipient of CASE’s Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, he serves on the faculty of the annual CASE conference, Inspiring the Largest Gifts of a Lifetime and has served as co-chair of CASE's Winter Institute for Chief Development Officers. He is the author of three books: The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising, published by Rowman & Littlefield; Belief and Confidence: Donors Talk About Successful Philanthropic Partnership, published by CASE Books; and Raising Your Organization’s Largest Gifts: A Principal Gifts Handbook, also published by CASE.

Ron has served on the Cornell University Council and on the boards of the American Friends of Covent Garden, Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Cornell University Glee Club Alumni Board, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Aspen’s Buddy Program, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Salt Bay Chamberfest, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Heidi Tracy

Heidi Tracy
Vice President for University Advancement
Texas Woman's University

Heidi Tracy serves as vice president for advancement for Texas Woman's University, the nation's largest university primarily for women. Previously, she served as the vice president for institutional advancement at Otterbein University.

Tracy had served as the vice president for institutional advancement at Otterbein since 2009. During her tenure, she reconstructed the university's advancement organization for the planning and implementation of a $50M campaign. Launched in 2014, the campaign was the institution's first comprehensive campaign in 20 years. She also initiated a brand study and communication plan to market institutional identity in support of the campaign. Under her leadership, Otterbein has increased the number of donors by 38 percent, unrestricted annual giving by 54 percent and produced the second-best overall cash year in the university's history—$6.9M. Tracy also developed strategies to maximize development and engagement opportunities for constituents, affinity groups and high net-worth individuals.

Prior to joining Otterbein, she served as vice president for individual giving at Carnegie Mellon University for three years. There, she led a staff of more than 50, who produced between $20 to $30M in new commitments each year for the institution.

Tracy began her career in higher education at Ohio University, where she worked for 11 years in various positions in the development office, including assistant dean for development, assistant director for major gifts and executive director for major gifts. In that time, she personally secured more than $37M for the university, including a $15M corporate foundation gift to name the Scripps College of Communication.

She completed Harvard University's Institute for Education Management and earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

David Unruh

David Unruh
Vice President for Advancement
Drexel University

David L. Unruh began his tenure as senior vice president of Drexel University's Office of Institutional Advancement on November 1, 2014. With more than two decades of executive experience in higher education, he brings a collaborative, transparent and inclusive approach to engaging alumni and donors in the life of the institution. He and his team develop and implement strategies for sustainable, long-term growth in unrestricted, restricted and endowment funds, as well as broadening the reach of alumni engagement.

Prior to his time at Drexel University, Unruh served as senior vice president with Grenzebach Glier and Associates, an international full-service philanthropic management consulting firm serving nonprofits. There, he served as co-lead of GG+A's education practice area and to led the training practice. Focusing on higher education and health care, he managed a portfolio of active clients including Brandeis University, Nova Southeastern University, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Ochsner Health System, Lebanon Valley College, Penn State University, Wichita State University, and George Washington University.

His professional experiences at institutions of higher learning have included serving as director of major gifts for Carnegie Mellon University, director of regional major gifts for the University of Pennsylvania, associate vice president of alumni relations and development at the University of Chicago and most recently as senior vice president for institutional advancement at Temple University.

Unruh holds a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor's degree in history from Colby College.

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