Vice president for alumni engagement named
Kevin Wesley overseeing alumni engagement and annual giving efforts
Experienced alumni relations and advancement executive Kevin Wesley joined Northwestern University as associate vice president, alumni engagement and participation July 28.
As a member of the senior leadership team for Alumni Relations and Development, Wesley oversees Northwestern’s alumni engagement and annual giving efforts and the Northwestern Alumni Association. In this capacity, he will work to expand and deepen the University’s base of support from alumni, parents of students and friends of Northwestern.
As part of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, the University seeks participation from 141,000 donors throughout the course of the multi-year campaign.
“A key to realizing our campaign goals will be to offer appealing and sustainable connections for our alumni, parents and friends around the globe,” said Bob McQuinn, vice president for Alumni Relations and Development. “Kevin will provide strong leadership in developing and implementing strategies for engaging alumni, and his energetic, collaborative and strategic approach will be instrumental in achieving our ambitious goals.”
Wesley brings 17 years of experience building and leading alumni organizations. Most recently, he served as assistant vice president for advancement and alumni relations at the University of Rochester. There he developed several Council for Advancement and Support of Education award-winning programs for alumni awards, student outreach and reunion programming. Wesley also expanded outreach to underrepresented alumni and implemented the diversity fundraising strategy for Rochester’s capital campaign.
“I’ve had the privilege to work at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities building alumni programs that engage and deepen the relationship of graduates to their alma maters,” Wesley said. “I am thrilled to be joining Northwestern. I look forward to working with the entire University community to engage alumni, parents and friends worldwide in support of Northwestern.”
Wesley previously held advancement positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Bowdoin College, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in music and economics. He has completed coursework in organizational management at Carnegie Mellon and leadership development at the University of Rochester.