Dean Hickey

Dean Hickey

Vice Chancellor

University Advancement



Foster Administration 301A

Dean Hickey has a 20-year track record in higher education and non-profit fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and higher education leadership.

As Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dean oversees university advancement and university marketing, leading his team with an emphasis on leadership, collaboration and creativity. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Dean is overseeing a campaign to support students' financial needs during the pandemic, raising more than half a million dollars to date.

Alumni Relations are on the rise through the establishment of the Corsair Network, an interactive online platform launched recently that enables alumni, students, faculty, and staff to connect in ways that benefit them. Members have access to a suite of tools and resources to help build a network, find a career, and support student success. Dean also oversaw the acceptance of a $1 million gift, the first the university has received in several years. He has also helped secure to new planned gifts, potentially worth more than $2 million each.

Prior to this, Dean was the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Lasell University from 2013-2018 where he transformed that institution’s approach to fundraising, infusing a culture of philanthropy that prized authentic relationships between all members of the community. The result was an annual fund that grew 21 percent, from $890,000 to $1.08 million, and a two-year mini-campaign that raised $14.8 million. He established the Lasell Fund Scholars Program and grew scholarships awards from 0 to 43 in three years, expanded the college’s planned giving society by 12 percent from 111 to 124, and established a new record for parent campaign giving, raising more than $3.2 million.

Prior to Lasell College, Dean served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Becker College in Worcester where he led the college’s first-ever capital campaign, exceeding the $7.5 million goal by raising more than $12 million. He overhauled the annual giving program, increasing the number of alumni supporting The Becker Fund by 182 percent and total dollar support by 180 percent from FY2004 to FY2013.

Dean collaborated on the inception of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a first-in-nation partnership of higher education, digital games industry, and government to promote economic development.

Dean is also familiar with the UMass system, having served as a major gift officer at the Medical School. He also served with the U.S. Army as a Russian Linguist / Signals Intelligence Analyst.

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