Michelle Yurko

Michelle Yurko

Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Institutional Advancement

Michelle Yurko

Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Institutional Advancement

Biography

Ms. Yurko is Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Drexel University. In her role, she oversees fundraising efforts for Drexel's STEM Unit, consisting of the College of Engineering, the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, College of Computing and Informatics, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health, and the AJ Drexel Autism Institute. Prior to her current role, Ms. Yurko was Executive Director of Development for Drexel University's College of Medicine, where she solicited principal gifts; worked with the Dean of Medicine, chair holders and o ther senior level faculty; developed complex prospect strategies,and established relationships with volunteers to serve on various institutional boards. She was promoted to this role from a Director of Development position. Before coming to Drexel, Ms. Yurko held the positions of Major Gift Officer, Director of the Annual Fund and Head Field Hockey Coach at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Yurko has received three awards from Reeher, an online platform designed to assist higher education fundraising efforts utilizing predictive modeling, web-based software and peer communities. In 2012, she received the Reeher Award for Excellence, and in 2015, she was profiled in Reeher's Annual Report. In 2017 and again in 2018, she achieved Reeher Prime Officer Status; this award recognizes the top gift officers in the Reeher Community as a result of analysis of activities in the previous fiscal year of over 1,500 gift officers on the Reeher Platform. These officers outperform their peers in both visits and the number of proposals submitted valued at or above $25,000.

Ms. Yurko received her bachelor's degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and her master's of higher education (MEd) in higher education from Drexel University.

Degrees / Education

  • MEd, Higher Education Administration, Drexel University, 2012
  • BS, East Stroudsburg University, 2002