UMass Dartmouth Announces New Fundraising Leader

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack today announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Wolfman to the position of vice chancellor for institutional advancement, effective immediately.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack today announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Wolfman to the position of vice chancellor for institutional advancement, effective immediately. 

Mr. Wolfman comes to UMass Dartmouth with 25 years of experience in fundraising, most recently as the director of principal gifts at UMass Amherst. During his career, he has raised over $100 million for education, arts, and other public and private non-profit organizations. 

“Jeffrey will add great value to our team as we continue to build the physical and intellectual presence of our campus,’’ Chancellor MacCormack said. “Private giving is critical to our growth, and Jeffrey comes to us with a finely tuned understanding of the philanthropic challenges and opportunities present within public higher education in Massachusetts.’’ 

“I am excited to be joining UMass Dartmouth on its upward trajectory,’’ Mr. Wolfman said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of a dynamic university that is embedded in an exciting, growing region of Massachusetts. The cornerstones are in place to attract new forms of support that will advance the teaching and research mission of the university and enhance the quality of life throughout the region and the Commonwealth.” 

Mr. Wolfman’s accomplishments at UMass Amherst over the past 11 years include a $25 million campaign for the College of Engineering, directing a campus-wide network of development and corporate relations directors, managing major donor portfolios, and coordinating fundraising strategy for the campus senior leadership. His positions in Amherst have included director of principal gifts and executive director of development. 

A graduate of Colorado College, Mr. Wolfman began his career working in grant management for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth before being recruited to serve as senior campaign director for Ketchum Inc., a national fundraising consulting firm. Working for Ketchum from 1979-1988, he organized and managed multi-million campaigns for hospitals, universities, private schools and other non-profit organizations. 


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