Conferences & Training
Faculty - Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising

Walker Institute Chair

   
Jim Husson, senior vice president for university advancement at Boston College, is the 2018 Walker Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising chair.

In 2016, CASE announced that it would rename the chair position of its Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising in honor of Norma Walker, emeritus vice president, educational programs.
During her tenure, Walker planned, led and delivered hundreds of CASE programs and conferences. Yet, the Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising, a weeklong training conference at Dartmouth University commonly referred to as SIEFR, was closest to her heart. She never missed an institute in more than three decades and was godmother to thousands of young, eager fundraising professionals.

The impact that SIEFR has had on the advancement profession cannot be overstated. It has been, and continues to be, one of CASE's flagship programs and the ethos and structure of it has taken root across the globe with the Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising in the UK and the Asia-Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising in Australia.

Fritz Schroeder, vice president for development and alumni relations for Johns Hopkins University, is the inaugural holder of the Walker Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising Chair.

  


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Jim Husson
Senior Vice President for University Advancement
Boston College

Jim Husson is the senior vice president for university advancement at Boston College, overseeing the university's development and alumni relations functions. He joined the development team in 2002 as the vice president for development and was promoted to his current position in June 2004. He and his colleagues spearheaded "Light the World," the university's 150th anniversary campaign, which concluded in 2016, having raised a record $1.6 billion in gifts from more than 140,000 alumni, parents and friends.

Husson has nearly 30 years of experience in educational advancement and has served as the vice president for development for Brown University and as the director of major gifts for Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Early in his career, he worked for two private secondary schools, Northfield Mount Hermon School and Cushing Academy, and for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

He first joined the SIEFR faculty in 2008 and also served CASE as chair of the CASE 40 Data Task Force.

Husson is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Northfield Mount Hermon School.



Keynote Speaker

Sue Cunningham

Sue Cunningham
President and CEO
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which supports more than 3,700 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. As president and CEO, Cunningham provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world with members in more than 80 countries. She became president of CASE in March, 2015.

While at CASE, she engaged CASE and thousands of its volunteers in a comprehensive strategic planning process resulting in Reimagining CASE: 2017- 2021, an ambitious and comprehensive framework for serving CASE's members and championing education worldwide. This volunteer and member engagement extends into a comprehensive effort to refine CASE's governance structure to more effectively support CASE's global reach and service to members.

Among the key initiatives that have developed under her leadership include the recent acquisition of the Voluntary Support of Education survey and the development of AMAtlas; a reinvigorated advocacy agenda; ambitious reviews of the curriculum across all advancement; and an update of CASE's management and reporting standards and guidelines, which operate as the industry-leading set of standards. She is most proud of CASE's efforts to diversify the advancement professions and CASE's commitment to talent management, within the organization and across CASE's membership.

Cunningham serves on the steering committee of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, on the board of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations and on the fundraising committee for the Aurora Foundation.

Prior to her appointment to CASE, she served as vice-principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne where she lead the "Believe" campaign resulting in surpassing its $500 million goal; and the director of development for the University of Oxford where she led a development team in the execution of the largest fundraising campaign outside of the United States: the "Oxford Thinking Campaign," with a goal of £1.25 billion. She served as director of development at Christ Church, Oxford and as director of external relations at St. Andrews University.

Before working in education, Cunningham enjoyed a career in theatre, the arts and the cultural sector. She is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2012, she received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award, and in 2008, she was awarded a CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Cunningham holds a master's degree from Oxford University and a bachelor's degree in performing arts from Middlesex University.



Faculty

Boi Carpenter

Boi Carpenter
Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Johns Hopkins University

Boi Carpenter currently serves as senior associate vice president for development and alumni relations at Johns Hopkins University. She partners with the vice president for development and alumni relations (DAR) and other development leadership to drive progress in such key operational areas as DAR organizational development and growth, human resources and talent management, information technology and prospect strategy, campaign operations, finance and strategic planning. She also works closely with institutional leadership including the university's president, provost and deans to advance all aspects of engagement and fundraising. Carpenter sits on the Johns Hopkins University Development and Alumni Relations Executive Team which oversees the university's ongoing, comprehensive $5 billion "Rising to the Challenge" campaign.

Carpenter began working for Johns Hopkins University in 2000 as a senior associate director of development for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was promoted to director of development for the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery in 2003, where she worked directly with the chair of the Department of Surgery and with the faculty of eight divisions within the department to secure and steward principal and major gifts. In 2007, she rose to become executive director of centers and institutes at the Fund, and in September of 2011 she was again promoted to associate vice president, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. As associate vice president she provided leadership and strategic direction and planning for private sector fundraising in support of the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute; Brain Sciences (Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences); Children's Center; School of Medicine; Office of Medical Annual Giving; and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. She assumed her current position in February 2016.

Carpenter began her professional fundraising career at the University of Memphis, where she served as both an annual and major gift development officer.

She received her bachelor's degree from Purdue University and her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law.


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Mary K. Carrasco
Assistant Head of School for Advancement
Sidwell Friends School

Mary K. Carrasco is the assistant head of school for advancement at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

She has broad experience in development. She has served in a variety of advancement roles with international responsibilities serving Aiglon College, The British International School of Switzerland; Georgetown University, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service; and Mercersburg Academy.

Carrasco has more than 30 years of advancement experience, mostly in independent schools. She has led capital campaigns for more than $100 million and has a special interest in principal gift solicitation strategies and solicitation.

A CASE volunteer since 1997, Carrasco has served on the CASE Board of Trustees, as well as the boards of the Maret School and Ursuline Academy, and as president of the Estate Planning Council of South Central Pennsylvania.She currently serves on the CASE Curriculum Task Force and as a member of the CASE Governance Steering Committee.


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William Christopher Clarke
Senior Assistant Vice President, Trinity College and Graduate School Development
Duke University

William Christopher "Chris" Clarke is the senior assistant vice president for Trinity College and The Graduate School within the Office of University Development at Duke University. Clarke assumed his role in 2016 and in that capacity oversees a program that represents 80 percent of Duke’s alumni and generates nearly $100M per year in private support for the institution. In 2012, as the associate dean of development for the Pratt School, Clarke planned and led engineering’s Duke Forward Campaign which surpassed its goal of $161.5M hitting $200M one year prior to the close of Duke’s $3.85B campaign.

Before coming to Duke in 2004, Clarke was the director of development and leadership gifts for Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering where he led their $125M campaign. Prior to his role in mechanical engineering, Clarke served Purdue as its associate director of planned giving from 1997 to 2001, when he became the associate director of development for major gifts. In addition to his major gift responsibilities in 1999 – 2001, Clarke also served as the development liaison for Purdue's Black Cultural Center, one of the nation’s premier cultural centers.

An active member of CASE, he has served as the conference chair for both District V in 2001 and District III in 2013. Currently he serves on the board of District III as the Chair-Elect for 2019-21. Clarke holds a master's degree in educational administration and bachelor’s degrees in psychology, sociology and law and society from Purdue University. In 2009, he was the recipient of CASE's Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching.


Peter Hayashida

Peter Hayashida
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, University of California, Riverside
President, UC Riverside Foundation and CASE Trustee

Peter Hayashida is vice chancellor of university advancement and president of the UCR Foundation for the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of the Chancellor's leadership team and oversees alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing, and special events for the campus.

Before joining UC Riverside in 2009, Hayashida spent the first 19 years of his higher education career at UCLA, where he held a range of roles ending with assistant vice chancellor for external affairs.

He earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from UCLA and a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge. He has volunteered his time in arts, human rights, and healthcare organizations. Hayashida has served on the board of trustees of CASE and as a member and chair of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.


Kevin Heaney

Kevin J. Heaney
Vice President for Advancement
Princeton University

Kevin Heaney was appointed Princeton University's first vice president for advancement in November 2016. In this role, he serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and oversees the university's Office of Development and the Office of Alumni Affairs. He previously served as acting vice president for development since March of 2016, and came to Princeton in March 2015 as deputy vice president for development.

Before joining Princeton, he served for nearly a decade at the Oregon State University Foundation as the vice president for constituent and central development programs and deputy campaign director. He played a key role in OSU's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which surpassed its $1 billion goal 11 months ahead of schedule. Before OSU, Heaney served in a variety of development positions at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. During his career, he has been part of four highly successful campaigns and has been an active member of the broader development community, chairing seven national conferences on campaign fundamentals and strategies for CASE.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Heaney has a master's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Boston College.


Patricia (Trish) P. Jackson

Patricia (Trish) Jackson
Interim Vice President
Geisel School of Medicine/Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Patricia (Trish) Jackson has more than 30 years of advancement experience at a wide variety of nationally-ranked higher education institutions. She recently served as chief of staff for the advancement division at Dartmouth with primary responsibilities for working with the president, provost and senior vice president for advancement on their development activities, staffing the President's Leadership Council and Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, and serving as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Previously, she served as executive director of college and foundation partnerships at the Fullbridge Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she sought to embed the company's programs at colleges and universities throughout the world, and coordinated with philanthropic partners to ensure that no one was denied access to career-readiness programs due to financial constraints.

In February 2013, Jackson completed her eight-year tenure as vice president for development at Smith College where she managed all fundraising initiatives including the $450 million "Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith," oversaw executive education, and served as an ex officio member of the Smith College Alumnae Association Board of Directors. Prior to joining Smith in 2005, she was associate vice president for development at Dartmouth College, and served as vice president for education at CASE from 1998–2001 where she was responsible for all conferences and award programs originating out of Washington, D.C. She also served as the primary philanthropic spokesperson for the organization. She has also served on the development staffs of Wheaton, Mount Holyoke, Claremont McKenna and Scripps colleges.

Jackson is an alumna of Scripps College, where she served a decade as an Alumna Trustee, and has her master's in business administration degree with an emphasis in economics of nonprofits from the Drucker School of Management at The Claremont Graduate University. She currently serves on the boards of Christ Church at Dartmouth College; Global Grassroots; National Priorities Project; and, as chair of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy.


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David Jones
Executive Director for Annual Giving and Constituent Development
University of Georgia

David S. Jones has built a 26-year career in higher education and served in advancement roles for the majority of that time. He presently leads a department at UGA including the unit areas of Annual and Special Giving and Advancement Services. A large and critical component of the overall development operation, the department is a catalyst for both annual and major gift support bridging the flow between annual giving cycles, data analytics, alumni engagement, and the systems for marketing, prospect identification and management.

He began his work experience as director of student activities at Gordon College. Returning to his alma mater with a deeper understanding of the student experience influence on philanthropic support, he then coordinated the alumni and development programs for UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Jones transitioned to the university's central advancement office in 1998 overseeing the annual giving programs for the institution and later also provided leadership for donor relations, advancement research and prospect management. The Georgia Fund presently raises more than $18M through an integrated phone, mail and digital campaign. Jones led Georgia's annual giving programs through several strategic transitions including multiple-ask strategies and a shift from alumni dues to charitable giving. He was the lead contact for development in a donor database conversion and is a change agent for continued innovation in fundraising marketing approaches and processes.

Jones is a "double dog" alumnus of UGA, with an undergraduate degree in public relations from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and a master's degree in organizational development from the College of Education. A CASE Crystal Apple award recipient for excellence in teaching, he has chaired several CASE programs and is a frequent presenter and facilitator at professional regional and national conferences including Persuasive Development Writing and the CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising.


Lacie LaRue

Lacie LaRue
Senior Director of Annual Philanthropy Programs
University of Oregon

Currently the senior director of annual philanthropy programs at the University of Oregon, Lacie LaRue began her career in annual giving as a student caller at the Iowa State University Foundation and has successfully helped universities turn data and messaging into successful appeals, programs and campaigns.

In her current role at UO, she is focused on building a pipeline annual giving program, growing leadership annual giving and developing best practices for mass solicitations. In addition to working at UO, she spent 15 years in the industry working at Oregon State University, the University of Maryland and Portland State University.

With her knowledge of segmentation, giving platforms, constituency programs and other key aspects of annual giving, LaRue also works as an annual giving consultant with Campbell & Company. In 2016 she was selected by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the top 40 under 40 for nonprofit leaders. She holds a degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University.


Heidi McCrory

Heidi Hansen McCrory
Vice President for Development
Furman University

Heidi Hansen McCrory is the vice president of development at Furman University.

Previously, she served Kenyon College as the vice president for college relations overseeing alumni and parent engagement, development, advancement services and public affairs.

Prior to joining Kenyon College on July 1, 2014, she held a variety of advancement positions at Sweet Briar College, most recently as the vice president for alumnae and development. In addition she has been in development positions at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and New England College. She began her career in advertising and public relations with stints at several advertising agencies in Dallas and as director of public relations for the Traumatic Brain Injury Association.

McCrory is a committed volunteer for a number of organizations including the Girl Scouts of the USA where she has served as a council board chair, national delegate, cookie mom, fundraiser and speaker. In 2007, she received the Athena Award from the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce which recognizes professional women who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business profession, who improve the quality of life for others in the community and who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

She has been a speaker and workshop leader at various professional conferences, including the Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor's Annual Planning Retreat and the Virginia Senior Leadership Seminar for Women in Higher Education and for CASE and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

McCrory earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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Martin Shell
Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer
Stanford University

Martin W. Shell is vice president and chief external relations officer at Stanford University. Reporting directly to its president, he leads Stanford's offices of Public Affairs, University Communications, Special Events and Protocol, Office of Development and the newly formed Office for Community Engagement. In this position, he aligns the work of Stanford's externally facing teams to design, implement and maintain strategies for service and engagement regionally, nationally and globally, including collaboration with local partners to address sustainability, affordability and other challenges specific to Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

Prior to this position, Shell served as vice president for development at Stanford for 13 years, setting the development agenda, establishing goals and overseeing the fundraising operations across the university. Before becoming vice president in April 2005, he served for two years as associate vice president for development. While associate vice president, he had oversight responsibility for major portions of the university development program, including a number of the school and unit development offices.

He also served as the executive vice chair and lead staff member to "The Stanford Challenge," the university's $4.3 billion fundraising effort launched in October 2006. "The Stanford Challenge" ended in December 2011, securing $6.2 billion in gifts and pledges from nearly 167,000 households—at the time it represented the largest overall dollar amount ever raised in a five-year public campaign period by an institution of higher education. During his 13-plus years as vice president for development, Stanford University has raised more than $12.5 billion in cash or cash equivalents according to figures compiled by the Council for Aid to Education.

Shell joined Stanford in 1998 to become senior associate dean for external relations and later was appointed chief operating officer at Stanford Law School. Prior to his move to Stanford, he was associate dean for development and alumni relations at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

For 10 years, he was a member of the Development Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and served as the committee co-chair from 2001-2003. In 2003 he co-chaired the Section's Jackson Hole Conference for Law School Deans and Development Officers. He currently serves as a trustee of Hendrix College, and is a former CASE Trustee. He has served as a trustee of the Castilleja School in Palo Alto and the Oakland-based NGO, Coaching Corps. He also holds the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Shell has been an advancement officer for more than 30 years serving institutions of higher education in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and California. In addition to this work, he also was an executive with a public utility company, a press secretary to a U.S. representative and a newspaper reporter.


Ginny Wise

Ginny Wise
Senior Vice President for Advancement
Tulane University

Virginia (Ginny) Wise is Tulane University's senior vice president for advancement, overseeing alumni relations and development for the university since October 2016. Wise was originally recruited to Tulane in 2010 as the vice president of development for leadership giving.

She has almost three decades of professional advancement experience, beginning her career at Harvard University where she held a number of roles, including associate dean for development and external relations of the Divinity School, director of development of the Business School, executive director of the University Development Office, and managing director of the Harvard College Fund. She also previously served as vice president of development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

Wise received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her master's degree in education from Harvard University.



Speakers

Peter Boston

Peter Boston
Regional Director of Major Giving
Boston College

Peter Boston serves as regional director of major giving at Boston College, overseeing a team of major gift officers and leading the University's comprehensive development strategy for the Greater New York City region.

Prior to the regional director role, Peter was the director of development for athletics at BC, leading a team of athletics major gift officers and coordinating all athletics related major gift activity across the University Advancement organization. He also spent four years as a major gift officer at BC, where he worked with alumni, parents and friends living throughout the Midwest. Peter began his development career in 2011, serving as member of BC's annual giving team.

Peter received a bachelor's degree from Bates College and holds a master's in education from Harvard University as well as an MBA from Boston College. Peter is an alum of SEIFR, having attended in 2012.


Bridget McKay

Bridget McKay
Regional Director of Development
University of California, Riverside

Bridget McKay has served as regional director of development for university advancement at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) since August 2017. Stationed remotely, her primary role is to build a pipeline of major gifts in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the second largest geographic concentration of alumni and friends, for UCR's first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign Living the Promise and beyond.

She began her career in fundraising nearly 13 years ago at Claremont Graduate University. While she began as a work study student, she quickly took on additional roles, including phonation caller, and later manager, and assisted directors of development in arts and humanities, education and more. After finishing her tenure running the annual fund program and increasing participation and giving, she joined the Orange County Museum of Art as individual gifts officer, where she managed annual giving and membership, coordinated peer-to-peer fundraising efforts and volunteer groups, and solicited high level annual giving. In 2012, she returned to annual giving at the California Institute of Technology for two years during a period of regrowth before joining their regional major gifts team, focused on the central United States where she collaborated with donors on significant giving opportunities for "Break Through: The Campaign for Caltech." 

Mckay is an alumna of SIEFR having attended the summer of 2015 after her transition to major gifts. Bridget holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, both in fine arts/painting.


Laurie L. Patton

Laurie L. Patton
President
Middlebury College

Laurie L. Patton is the 17th president of Middlebury and the first woman to lead the institution in its 218-year history.

She is a leading authority in South Asian history and culture, and the author or editor of eleven books in these fields. She has also translated the ancient Hindu text, The Bhagavad Gita, for Penguin Classics Series, and is the author of three books of poetry-the last book, House Crossing, just published this May.

Patton began her career at Bard College, where she was assistant professor of Asian religions from 1991 to 1996.

From 1996 to 2011, Patton served on the faculty and administration at Emory University, where she was the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religions and the inaugural director of Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in the Office of the Provost. While at Emory, Patton served as chair of the religion department from 2000 to 2007.

Patton then served as the Durden Professor of Religion and Duke University' Dean of Arts & Sciences until 2015. At Duke, she oversaw 36 academic departments and programs in arts and sciences for the school, which awards 80 percent of Duke's bachelor degrees. Patton also oversaw Trinity's $435 million commitment to the "Duke Forward" campaign.
Patton believes in building a stronger and more resilient public sphere and in fostering increased opportunities for informed discussion and debate about today's most challenging issues. Early in her leadership, she launched the first institution-wide discussion on Middlebury's intellectual direction, Envisioning Middlebury, to help inform Middlebury's new strategic direction, which was approved in late 2017.

Also in her first years as Middlebury's president, Patton's team has initiated in numerous programs to strengthen the relationship between campuses in Middlebury, VT., and Monterey, California; raised over 40M in financial aid scholarships; inaugurated several new programs focusing on inclusivity on campus; and created a new environmental goal after Middlebury achieved carbon neutrality in 2016.

From 2008 to 2011, she served as president of the American Society for the Study of Religion, and in 2018-19, she will be the president of the American Academy of Religion, an 8000 member scholarly society for the study of religion.

In April, 2018, she was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, as a leader in two fields-religion/philosophy and education.


Kendria Perry-Madden

Kendria Perry-Madden
Associate Director of Major Gifts
Northwestern University

Kendria Perry-Madden is a regional major gifts officer at Northwestern University. She began her educational fundraising career in 2011 by assisting the directors of development for the University's library and art museum. In 2013, she was promoted to assistant director of donor relations before transitioning to frontline fundraising in 2016.

Previously, she worked in corporate and partnership support for the Pittsburgh Symphony and for five years served as executive director of the Illinois Council of Orchestras.

She holds an undergraduate degree in piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a master's degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University. She's a proud member of the SIEFR class of 2014.


Clayton S. Rose

Clayton S. Rose
President
Bowdoin College

Clayton S. Rose-the 15th president of Bowdoin College-has consistently underscored the essential importance of a liberal arts education for living lives of meaning, for thoughtful engagement in civic life, and for satisfaction and success in work.

Throughout his tenure as president, Rose has reaffirmed the college's commitment to admissions and financial aid programs that welcome all students regardless of their financial circumstances with the aim of attracting the very best students and of building a community where everyone has the opportunity for an equally robust experience, regardless of their economic status, background, or identity. He has also emphasized the themes of discourse and inclusion at Bowdoin-specifically, that a central mission of the college is to foster an environment of vigorous and respectful intellectual engagement on the most challenging and uncomfortable ideas, where students question their beliefs and develop the skills, knowledge, and disposition to become "intellectually fearless."

Rose has also worked to enhance Bowdoin's leadership role in the teaching and study of the environment. In 2016, he announced a lead gift of $10 million for the new Roux Center for the Environment (to open fall 2018) that will bring together on the central campus faculty and students from across the disciplines to encourage and facilitate creativity and collaboration about global problems related to the environment. And, in 2017, Rose announced another $10-million lead gift to expand ocean research and environmental education at Bowdoin's Schiller Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island in nearby Harpswell, Maine. Rose has led new initiatives to encourage public service and, through THRIVE, a new program funded by Netflix CEO and Bowdoin alumnus Reed Hastings '83, to substantially transform the experience and improve the graduation rates of low-income students, first-generation college students, and those students traditionally underrepresented on college campuses.

Rose earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in business administration at the University of Chicago. In 2003, following a highly successful 20-year leadership and management career in finance, he enrolled in the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania to study issues of race in America, earning his master's degree and his doctorate with distinction.

He is a member of the board of trustees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the nation's largest private supporter of academic biomedical research, having joined in 2009. He previously served on the board of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.



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