New Vice President for Institutional Advancement named

May 14, 2012

Lori A. Lewis has been appointed as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at McDaniel College, effective July 1.  Lewis is currently Vice President for Advancement at Marietta College, a four-year coeducational, liberal arts college in Marietta, Ohio. There she has served as a key member of the executive team and successfully designed and executed a $50 million comprehensive campaign within three years. Capital projects funded through the campaign include a $17 million library and learning center, $3.7 million planetarium, and $3.6 million football stadium renovation.

“We welcome Lori to McDaniel,” said President Roger Casey. “Our students and faculty will benefit from her extensive experience communicating to and cultivating support from parents, alumni and friends.”

Prior to joining Marietta College in 2005, Lewis was Assistant Dean and Director of Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she directed strategic planning and managed the fundraising and alumni relations efforts for the College of Engineering – the state's leading engineering college, which consists of a dozen departments with some 300 faculty, 5,500 undergraduate majors, and 2,000 graduate students.

Before accepting the position at Marietta College, Lewis raised more than $30 million of a $129 million campaign goal in the first 22 months of the silent phase. In addition, she was the lead fundraiser for an $85 million university initiative, the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

Lewis holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree from Ohio University. Lewis was the Assistant Dean of Development for the Russ College of Engineering & Technology at Ohio University. During her tenure at Russ College, she played a role in negotiating the details of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, one of the top two engineering prizes worldwide. The $5.8 million endowment supports a biennial $500,000 prized awarded by the National Academy of Engineering.

She also worked at Ohio University as the Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Affairs in the College of Health & Human services. Prior to her fund-raising career, Lewis was a classroom teacher and administrator for Athens City and County School Districts and an adjunct faculty member at Ohio University's College of Education.