Elizabeth A. Dale, Ed.D.
Elizabeth A. Dale, Ed.D., was named Drexel University’s Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 2006. Reporting to the President of the University, she provides vision and direction to a full-scale institutional advancement program, including annual, major and planned giving; corporate and foundation giving; alumni relations; donor relations, protocol, and all support functions. She provides staff support for the Board of Trustees and the Institutional Advancement Committee. She also has oversight for the Alumni Board of Governors.
Under her leadership, despite one of the most severe economic crises in the last century, Drexel’s Institutional Advancement has nearly doubled its annual fundraising. Drexel raised an average of $67 million per year for fiscal years 2008 through 2013. For the previous five years, the average giving was $34 million per year. In fiscal year 2009, Drexel secured a $25 million gift, the largest individual contribution in Drexel’s history and it is one of six 8-figure commitments made since 2008.
Dr. Dale launched the comprehensive fund raising campaign Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future, which entered the public phase in November 2011. Having exceeded the $400 million goal 13 months early, Drexel plans to celebrate its Campaign supporters on November 23, 2013. During the Campaign, Drexel added a remarkable 17,000 new donors.
In support of President John Fry's bold objective for Drexel to be "the most civically engaged university in the United States," Dr. Dale and her team have raised over $30 million in the past two and one half years to support this agenda.
In 2010, the Why I Give campaign, Drexel’s first faculty /staff campaign raised nearly $500,000. In 2013, the fourth annual Why I Give campaign achieved participation at 48 percent of Drexel's 4,500 employees, double the participation rate of universities in Drexel's peer group. Annual giving to the Why I Give Campaign grew to over $1 million.
Understanding the value of data-based decision-making, Dr. Dale has instituted predictive modeling and innovative prospect management techniques. This is enabling improved performance across the board, as well as more targeted and strategic relationships with Drexel's constituents.
Dr. Dale is overseeing the transition of fundraising activities at the Academy of Natural Sciences to align their philanthropy program with the University's.
Dr. Dale and her team expanded Alumni Relations, which as a result of its strategic initiatives and new program development has experienced significant growth over the past six years. The program launched a comprehensive Alumni Career Services program and expanded its community service efforts with the Community Alumni Network at Drexel University (CAN DU), an outreach initiative of the Drexel University Alumni Association, which in 2010 earned national recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with a Gold Award.
In 2011, Alumni Relations instituted the first ever Global Night of Networking, uniting alumni around the globe. In 2012, a special campaign was launched to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon (YOTD). The YOTD engaged more than 7,000 alumni worldwide, in-person and via the social web, many of whom had not previously participated in alumni activities, and was used to successfully build upon the University's alumni volunteer networks, and test new strategies for marketing and event programming for its alumni population. The campaign won two national CASE Circle of Excellence Awards – a Grand Gold for New Program Initiatives and the Overall Category Grand Gold for Alumni Relations Programs.
Dr. Dale previously served as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as the founding Executive Director of the UMass Amherst Foundation. In her years at UMass Amherst, the institution recorded its highest fundraising totals in its history up to that point, and she held positions that included director of conference services, director of business and facilities services, special assistant to the chancellor and assistant chancellor. In addition to her role as vice chancellor, she held an adjunct faculty appointment in the department of hospitality and tourism management.
In 2009 she received a Fundraising Star Award from Fundraising Success magazine.
In 2010, the National Diversity Council named her among Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.
Dr. Dale earned a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in educational policy, research, and administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was awarded a prestigious American Council on Educational Fellowship in 1999. In 2005 she was elected and continues to serve on the American Council on Education, ACE Fellows Program Board of Directors. She also co-chairs the Council's Finance and Development Committee.
Elizabeth A. Dale, Ed.D