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Jeffrey Schoenherr

Jeffrey Schoenherr
Assistant Vice President
The Ohio State University Foundation

Jeff Schoenherr is a 22-year professional in institutional advancement. He has served in increasingly greater roles at some of the nation's most prestigious institutions, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Michigan.

Currently, as assistant vice president of principal gifts, he helps to manage principal giving at The Ohio State University; guides fundraising efforts for the university's Discovery Themes; and oversees specific areas of central development.

Formerly, as vice president at Emerson College, he created best practices in alumni, parent, and donor relations and developed a strategic plan, which was leading the college to its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. Under his leadership, the college experienced three consecutive record-breaking years of fundraising and engagement.

At Harvard Law School, Schoenherr managed all aspects of alumni relations, the annual fund, major gifts, and gift planning, leading a staff of 25 professionals. For 10 years at Johns Hopkins, he directed a team responsible for regional and international major gifts, which helped the university successfully complete the $3.74 billion "Knowledge for the World Campaign." Among other responsibilities, his team successfully engaged alumni, parents and friends for the university and departments of medicine, and hosted regional campaign outreach events.

Schoenherr started his career at the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor's degree in political science, working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, as an engagement director for the alumni association, and in development for the Ross School of Business.


Floyd Akins

Floyd Akins
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development
University of Tennessee Foundation

Floyd Akins serves as the assistant vice chancellor for development for the University of Tennessee Foundation. He is a lead fundraiser who provides leadership and managerial support for UT's Regional Major Gift Officers and Corporate and Foundation Team. Akins helped develop the framework for UT's principal gifts program, ensuring the right approach to top prospects. This includes working closely with everyone on staff, both at the system and campus level. Akins also provides support to UT's talent management and mentoring programs that enables UT to retain and promote quality staff.

Before joining UT, Akins spent time at Ohio State University where he served as the senior associate vice president for university of development and vice president of the OSU Foundation. At OSU, he had overall responsibility for the constituent fundraising program. Previously, he was the assistant vice president for principal gifts at the University of Iowa Foundation. Other positions include serving as the executive director of development in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, and a number of roles at both Grinnell College and the University of Iowa that includes admission, public relations and minority affairs. In addition, he has been an active speaker for CASE since 1998 and has chaired several conferences on major gift fundraising on their behalf in both the United States and Canada.

Akins received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and his master's degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. He was one of the original members and lead vocalist of the Iowa-based band Funkdaddies, who opened for the Beach Boys at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Freedom Festival and still sings at his current church home.

Jeff Liebermann

Jeff Liebermann
Assistant Vice President of Development, Main Campus
University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Jeff Liebermann is the assistant vice president for main campus development at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA). In addition to his role as a major gifts officer, he is responsible for overseeing Iowa's fundraising programs in the College of Law, university non-collegiate programs and the regional development team.

He joined the UICA in 1998 as an associate director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), then in 2005 became the executive director of development for CLAS. At Iowa, he has worked through two $1+ billion comprehensive campaigns, including four building projects. Prior to the UICA, he served as the director of alumni programs at the University of Iowa Alumni Association (1995-1998) and the assistant director of alumni relations at the University of Northern Iowa (1989-1995).

Liebermann has a deep background in CASE service, including serving as the chair of the board for CASE V, five years on the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute in Alumni Relations, three years on the CASE V conference committee, participation on numerous CASE conference faculties, and presenting educational sessions at the CASE IV, V and VI conferences. He received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching in 2016.

He received his bachelor's degree in public relations from Northern Iowa and his master's degree in journalism from Iowa.

Pamela Witter

Pamela Witter
Vice President for Development and Community Engagement
Trocaire College

Pamela Witter, BA, MBA, CFRE is a sought-after, nationally-published author, speaker, higher education administrator, and small business owner. The youngest appointee to the President's Executive team, Witter serves as VP for Development and Community Engagement for Trocaire College in Buffalo, NY, but her influence expands far beyond the reach of the region. Her award winning work in fundraising, marketing, and leading high performance teams commands international attention. Witter was featured recently in Advancing Philanthropy Magazine (a global publication of the Association of Fundraising Professionals) in a column on discovering your personal best leadership and serves as a regular columnist for AFP Global. In an interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, she contributed to a special insert entitled Fixing the College Fundraising Crunch, and her book Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue was highlighted in the national Wiley Journal "Fundraising Success." Witter has raised millions of dollars for non-profit missions. She has inspired staff to smash through marketing metrics and coached best-in-class teams.

Crystal Apple AwardCASE Crystal Apple Award winner for excellence in teaching