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Assistant Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
Alumni and Development
BGSU Main Campus




Bowling Green State University (BGSU), a nationally ranked public research university, seeks an engaging, experienced, and collaborative assistant vice president for alumni engagement and annual giving. The assistant vice president will also serve as executive director of the BGSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, a distinguished group of graduates who strive to further enhance alumni relationships by encouraging lifelong involvement with and support for the university and its mission. Reporting to the recently appointed vice president for university advancement and serving as a key member of her senior team, the assistant vice president will expertly lead and manage the alumni engagement and annual giving teams during a momentous time when alumni support is critical to the successful completion of the Changing Lives for the World campaign and future fundraising endeavors.

Within the past two years, BGSU has been reinvigorated by two significant leadership appointments. In February 2018, interim president Dr. Rodney Rogers was permanently appointed to serve as the university’s leader. An alumnus, President Rogers first joined BGSU in 2006 as dean of the College of Business and later as provost and senior vice president. One of the first additions President Rogers made to his senior cabinet was the hiring of Pam Conlin, who joined BGSU in October 2018 as vice president for university advancement and president and chief executive officer of the BGSU Foundation. After a highly successful career at Southern Methodist University, Ms. Conlin is well positioned to build a best-in-class advancement operation with significant potential for growth.

Early in her tenure, the vice president seeks an equally motivated and strategic partner to further elevate annual giving and alumni engagement, especially as BGSU nears the successful completion of its largest and most ambitious comprehensive campaign to date. With a goal of $200 million, Changing Lives for the World highlights four key priorities: scholarships to support students in all majors; endowed faculty and staff positions to recruit and retain outstanding educators and coaches; creating state-of-the-art facilities; and named academic programs and units. On track to conclude by December 2020, the campaign has achieved more than 86 percent of its goal to date. As such, the assistant vice president joins at a pivotal moment by playing a key role in not only bringing the campaign over the finish line, but also fostering excitement and building momentum among the alumni base post-campaign and beyond.

In addition to managing a team of nine across alumni engagement and annual giving, the assistant vice president will oversee the strategic development and implementation of programs, services, and other initiatives that effectively develop, promote, and nurture relationships between BGSU and its alumni and interested constituents. This individual will collaborate closely with colleagues across the division of University Advancement and the various colleges and units to plan and implement activities and university events with the overarching goal of increasing the level of individual engagement and financial commitment from donors. Most prominently, the assistant vice president will play a significant role in the planning and execution of the events surrounding the Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Homecoming and Family Weekend programs, BGSU One Day, and other initiatives as directed by the President’s Office.

The next assistant vice president will possess a deep understanding of and appreciation for industry best practices; experience in designing innovative engagement strategies; a passion for fundraising; a proven ability to lead, coach, and evaluate staff; and the ability to foster meaningful relationships with alumni, volunteers, faculty, administrators, staff, and other key constituents. The selected candidate will join a university that prides itself on a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to student success and seeks to foster a welcoming, safe, and diverse environment where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation, and the world.


Jack Gorman is leading this search with Michael Mozzicato, Nicole Poe, and David Dacres.  For more information, to make a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit:  



Bowling Green State University is committed to equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status.

Full Time