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Dr. Carolyn Campbell-Golden Dr. Carolyn Campbell-Golden

Washington & Jefferson College


Dr. Carolyn Campbell-Golden, PhD has been named the Vice President of Development and Alumni Engagement at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J), effective summer 2020.

Dr. Campbell has nearly 30 years of administrative experience for higher education and non-profit institutions and joins W&J after a lengthy and distinguished tenure in the Auburn University system, where she began her career in 1998.

Dr. Campbell brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as a fundraiser and cabinet-level executive that will help propel W&J into its next chapter. A true scholar of higher education, with a PhD in higher education administration complemented by her study of higher education abroad as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Campbell’s comprehensive understanding of the complex higher education funding landscape; its challenges; and the strategies, systems, and performance metrics necessary to enable an advancement program to realize and exceed fundraising and operational goals will be a particular asset to W&J. With this understanding and years of practical experience, Dr. Campbell will be especially well positioned to help W&J weather this challenging period the industry faces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Campbell has had an exceptional career marked by numerous accomplishments. In 1999, she established Auburn University’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the system’s flagship campus. In 2004, she led the regional campaign effort for Auburn University’s $500 million campaign. In 2007, she became Vice Chancellor for Advancement at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM), where she served as a member of the university’s senior leadership team and lead AUM’s alumni and development efforts. Under her leadership, AUM surpassed the goal for its first comprehensive campaign, as part of the system level $1 billion campaign. She has taught as an adjunct professor and has established an endowed scholarship for working mothers who are pursing a degree. As a senior administrator, Dr. Campbell has served as co-chair for the university strategic planning process, working with faculty, staff and other administrators to shape and implement the university’s trajectory; provided leadership and direction throughout the university’s accreditation processes; spearheaded initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion; established and implemented faculty and staff advocacy committees; provided expert leadership and worked collaboratively with governing and foundation boards within the university system and participated in countless projects and initiatives in the local community.

Jack Gorman led this search with Kennedy Kearney-Fischer and Molly Gallagher.