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Kayla Hale

Kayla Hale
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
University of Tulsa

As vice president of institutional advancement at the university of Tulsa, Kayla Hale leads a team of 60 professionals in the areas of fundraising, alumni relations, special events, advancement services, and marketing and communications. She has 29 years of direct experience in the field of higher education advancement at progressive levels of responsibility and leadership, and in both public and private settings. As a member of the President's Small Executive Staff, she serves as an advisor to the president and key members of the university's Board of Trustees. Hale serves as a liaison between faculty and non-faculty constituencies at the university and is responsible for creating a strong and team-oriented advancement program based upon creating fundraising strategy and establishing plans, goals and metrics.

She has been an active participant in two comprehensive fundraising campaigns at the University of Tulsa which, collectively raised more than $800 million for the institution. She and her team are preparing for the next fundraising campaign, "A Greater Commitment," which will focus on need-based scholarships, endowed faculty support and student support initiatives.

Hale previously held the position of assistant vice president for university development at OU-Tulsa; she also served as director of development and alumni relations at Rogers State University and as director of public relations and publications at Friends University. She has been actively involved at CASE for 29 years and has served CASE District IV in a number of leadership capacities. She is a regular speaker for CASE at both the national and district level and she has been a faculty member for CASE at 10 national conferences.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University and a master's degree in business management from Friends University. In 2008, she received her doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Oklahoma.


A. Reginald Best
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Henry Ford College

As vice president of institutional advancement at Henry Ford College, Reginald Best leads a team of professionals in the areas of government and community relations, fundraising, alumni relations, grants and corporate and foundation relations. He also serves as the executive eirector of the Henry Ford College Foundation.

He has more than 25 years of experience in advancement having served in both community colleges and four-year universities as a front-line fundraiser and major gift officer. He has provided leadership and oversight for capital campaigns, major gift fundraising, strategic planning and other advancement initiatives for a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations including Eastern Michigan University Foundation, the Schoolcraft College Foundation, the University of Chicago and Wayne State University. 

Best’s primary charge is to provide leadership across the foundation. He oversees all aspects of the foundation’s operations, procedures and policies related to fundraising efforts, such as securing major gifts, applying for corporate and private foundation grants, leading capital and other fundraising campaigns and maintaining donor relations. He is responsible for interfacing with the foundation’s board of directors to develop and adopt sound, ethical and legal governance for the foundation, and to maintain and ensure the foundation’s fiscal responsibilities. He is currently leading the college through its first major comprehensive campaign, “Investing in the Future” which will focus on scholarships, academic programs, and community and workforce development.

He serves on the board of directors for CASE District V and is the current chair of the CASE Center for Community College Advancement Advisory Committee. 

Best earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology, and a master’s of education degree, from Wayne State University.  He is also a graduate of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. 

Brooks Hull
Vice President of University Advancement
Louisiana Tech University

Brooks Hull, formerly the vice president of institutional dvancement at Austin College, assumed leadership of Louisiana Tech University's Division of University Advancement as its vice president in November of 2015. He leads Louisiana Tech's fundraising, development and alumni relations activities. 

Previously, as vice president of institutional advancement at Austin College, he led a staff of nearly two dozen, responsible for institutional fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications. He developed and implemented a comprehensive development program, resulting in 129 percent increase in outright gifts since 2011. During his tenure, the college experienced an increase to estate gifts by 61 percent and participation by 14 percent.

Prior to his role at Austin College, Hull served in various development roles at the University of Oklahoma including director of development for the Colleges of Architecture and Education, director of development for the College of Engineering, and executive director of development for the College of Engineering. He provided leadership during a $100M capital campaign in the College of Engineering, resulting in more than $139M raised in five years. He also led development programs for two colleges during an institutiona-wide $200M "Reach for Excellence" campaign that resulted in more than $500M.

Hull earned a bachelor's degree in public affairs and administration and a master's degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has served as a member and as chairman of the board of directors of the Sherman Economic Development Corporation. He is a member of the board of directors for CASE District IV.

He has served on teams that have been recognized by CASE with Circle of Excellence Awards (CASE-Wealth ID Award for Fundraising-Overall Performance) in 2002 and 2006.

Elizabeth Keppel

Elizabeth Keppel
Director of Development, Annual Giving
University of Florida

Elizabeth Keppel is the director of development for annual giving at the University of Florida, where she leads a comprehensive, university-wide leadership annual giving program. In addition to growing revenue and building donor pipeline, the program serves as the talent source for the organization and trains UF’s major gift fundraisers of tomorrow.

She is also a consultant for Annual Giving Network (AGN), the world’s leading resource and consulting firm for annual giving programs. In her prior role at UF, she served as the associate director of annual giving and was the primary annual giving contact for 13 college and unit partners across campus. In this role, she managed direct mail projects and built an integrated digital fundraising program that increased revenue by 197 percent in the first year and sustained aggressive growth in subsequent years. Prior to joining the UF staff, she worked as an assistant director in the Office of Lifetime Philanthropic Engagement and Annual Giving at her alma mater, the College of William & Mary.

Keppel has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in higher education administration from William & Mary.

Karl Miller Lugo

Karl Miller
Managing Associate, Education Practice
Bentz Whaley Flessner

Karl Miller is a managing associate in the education practice of Bentz Whaley Flessner, where he focuses on campaign planning and management, major and principal gifts, advancement assessments, and building processes for comprehensive fundraising strategy and accountability.

Prior to joining the firm, he was executive director for fundraising at the University of Texas-Austin, oversaw principal, major, and annual giving programs, and managed the successful completion of the $3B "Campaign for Texas" in partnership with campus chief development officers. He has more than 20 years' experience in development and higher education, having held senior leadership positions at public and private universities.

An active member of CASE, Miller has served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy, the CASE Diversity Recruitment Advisory Group, and the faculty of several conferences.

He holds bachelor's degrees in public relations and Spanish from Western Kentucky University and a master's degree in business administration from the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University.

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