Advanced Development for Deans and Academic Leaders
Benefits of Attending
Participation in this conference will prepare attendees to:
- Build on the fundamentals learned at CASE's Development for Deans and Academic Leaders conference.
- Explore best practices to adopt within your program and in your work with significant donors.
- Learn how to cultivate donor relationships and skillfully make "the ask.
- Develop tactics for thriving within your university's prospect management program.
Who Should Attend
- Academic leaders who attended the CASE Development for Deans and Academic Leaders conference, or who have major gift fundraising experience
- Deans and Academic Leaders who have major gift fundraising experience or increased fundraising responsibility
- Development officers who plan to attend alongside academic leaders from their institution
- Deans and Academic Leaders with increased fundraising responsibility
Meet Your Chair
Shaun B. Keister
Shaun B. Keister, a veteran fundraiser with experience in higher education, arts, and conservation philanthropy, became UC Davis' first vice chancellor for development and alumni relations in 2011.
He functions as the campus's chief fundraising officer and also serves as president of the UC Davis Foundation. He led UC Davis in successfully completing its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, "The Campaign for UC Davis," raising more than $1.1 billion from nearly 110,000 donors. Under his leadership, UC Davis became one of the top two percent of fundraising programs in the United States according to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Keister has served in a series of high-level development posts at Florida State, Iowa State, and Penn State universities. In his previous positions he has played a key role in the launch of three major campaigns.
He is a nationally-renowned fundraising expert having been quoted in local and national media outlets including "CNN Money," The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Currents magazine, The Sacramento Bee, and Fox 40 News. Additionally, he has nearly 20 years as an independent fundraising consultant serving clients including the San Francisco Opera, Steppenwolf Theatre, World Wildlife Fund, and the Nature Conservancy, and more than 60 public and private universities.
Keister has served as a CASE member and volunteer, speaking at more than 20 international conferences. He is the 2005 recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching.
He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Iowa State University of Science and Technology.