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Drexel Names David L. Unruh as New Leader for Institutional Advancement

Dear Members of the Drexel Community,

David Unruh is Drexel's new senior vice president for Institutional AdvancementI am delighted to announce that David L. Unruh, currently a senior vice president with Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A), will be joining Drexel University on November 1 as the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement. As a member of the President’s Cabinet he will report directly to me.

David will be responsible for leading the University’s institutional advancement efforts and developing a collaborative, transparent, and inclusive culture of philanthropy. Working closely with the deans, he and his team will assess the fundraising potential of the University and craft a multi-year fundraising strategy for sustainable long-term growth in unrestricted, restricted and endowment funds as well as future campaign success. Under David’s leadership, new ways to broaden the reach of our alumni relations’ activities will also be identified and fully integrated into the University’s development efforts.

David comes to Drexel with over two decades of higher education leadership experience and more than 15 years leading donor development and alumni relations initiatives. Prior to joining GG+A in 2013, an international full-service philanthropic management consulting firm serving non-profits, David’s professional experiences at institutions of higher learning have included serving as director of major gifts for Carnegie Mellon University, director of regional major gifts for The University of Pennsylvania, associate vice president of alumni relations and development at The University of Chicago and most recently senior vice president for institutional advancement at Temple University.

Under his leadership at Temple, David developed and executed a multi year strategy designed to yield 100% increases in annual fundraising and alumni participation while lowering average fundraising costs. He designed and implemented a $100 million scholarship campaign, the largest dedicated initiative in Temple’s history, expanded alumni engagement through redesigning Temple’s alumni weekend and homecoming as destination experiences, and greatly expanded alumni chapters. He also implemented a highly successful marketing campaign, Temple Made, which drove significant gains in admissions, athletics and advancement initiatives.

Following his experience at Temple, David became a senior member of leading philanthropic firm GG+A to serve as co-lead of their education practice area and to lead the training practice. Focusing on higher education and health care, he managed a portfolio of active clients including Brandeis University, George Washington University, University of Maryland, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Wichita State University, and Nova Southeastern University.

David holds a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Colby College.

I want to thank Vice President Pete Frisko for his dedicated service and for his outstanding leadership while serving as interim senior vice president. I also want to thank Lori Doyle, Senior Vice President for University Communications, who chaired the search committee which recommended David, and the entire committee for their hard work and dialogue throughout the search.


John A. Fry