ALBANY — An experienced fundraiser who has increased endowments and scholarship funds at major institutions such as Dartmouth and Harvard Medical School is joining Albany State University.
Dick Donovan has been named interim director of development, the university announced Friday. His responsibilities include increasing ASU’s prospect base, working closely with volunteers and foundation members and building relationships with leaders who have the ability to impact the future of the university.
“I’m very impressed with the size of the campus and the buildings. Much thought went into the strategic plan. It is now time to moderate priorities and invest in more scholarships for high achieving students,” said Donovan.
The major gifts fundraiser has worked at Ketchum, Incorporated and served as development director at Emmanuel College in Boston, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Anatolia College in Greece.
He successfully brokered a financial agreement that played a major role in constructing the Leveler Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Related Cognitive Diseases at the Harvard Medical School. To transition from full time employment, Donovan was accepted into membership of the Registry of College and University Presidents as practice leader for Institutional Advancement Consultant Service.
“Dr. Donovan has a wealth of development experience and we are excited about the impact that he will have on our fundraising operations. His presence will greatly enhance our ability to garner external support for the mission and students of Albany State University,” said ASU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Clifford Porter Jr.
Donovan matriculated at St. Anselm College to earn a bachelor’s degree in history; then graduated from the University of New Hampshire with two graduate degrees in counseling psychology; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University.
His career began as a guidance counselor and director. While on a volunteer fundraising assignment, meeting attorneys, insurance company executives and bank trust officers, he developed an interest in philanthropy.
The resident of Warner, N.H., is married to Linda Donovan, an art restorer.