Dale Wright

Dale Wright

Associate Dean and Chief Advancement Officer
The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dale Wright is associate dean and chief advancement officer for The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serving in this role since January 2015. He joined the Illinois advancement from his alma mater, the University of Missouri (Mizzou), where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Wright served the University of Missouri from 1999-2014, beginning as an alumni relations program officer and managing award-winning student and alumni engagement programs before his final role as the executive director of advancement for the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. During his tenure at the University of Missouri, Wright secured a number of transformational gifts in a number of areas, during the $1B "For All We Call Mizzou" and the $1.3B "Mizzou: Our Time to Lead" comprehensive campaigns.

In his current role of associate dean at Illinois, Wright serves on the college’s senior leadership team and leads a team responsible for fundraising and constituent engagement programs for one of the top ranked engineering programs in the world. He serves as the campaign director for the "With Illinois" $2.25B comprehensive campaign for the college, which has a goal of $550M. During the campaign, Wright helped secure a transformational gift of $100M, resulting in the naming of the college.

Wright has been an active CASE volunteer at the both the district and national level, including district leadership positions and co-chair of the CASE 2016 Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership and serving as faculty for educational program conferences and webinars. He also volunteers his time in other charities including the American Legion Boys State of Missouri program where he serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.