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Juan A. McGruder | Vice President for Advancement Juan A. McGruder | Vice President for Advancement

Oglethorpe University


Oglethorpe University appointed Juan A. McGruder as vice president for advancement, effective February 1, 2021. Reporting to President Ladany and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Dr. McGruder is responsible for designing and executing the overall strategy for advancement with the ultimate goal of maximizing personal engagement between Oglethorpe and its alumni, parents, and friends.

Dr. McGruder joins Oglethorpe University from Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia where he most recently served as senior vice president and chief development officer. In this role, Dr. McGruder’s responsibilities include leading state-wide comprehensive resource development activities, managing philanthropic relationships with more than 200 corporations, and partnering with JA’s 85 board members on strategy and engagement. Dr. McGruder previously spent 13 years in progressive roles at Georgia Tech, as the first director of development for the School of Computer Science, associate director of development for the College of Computing, and ultimately as director of development for the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts during the Institute’s historic $1.5 billion campaign. He has also held leadership positions in advancement at Morehouse School of Medicine and Clark Atlanta University (CAU). Dr. McGruder began his career at the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education at the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.

Dr. McGruder completed a doctorate in education and human development at Vanderbilt University, where his research centered on HBCUs and institutional advancement. He earned a master's degree in administration, planning, and social policy at Harvard University; a master's degree in counseling and human development from CAU; an Education Specialist degree in student affairs from Western Kentucky University; and a bachelor's degree in political science/pre-law from Clark College. Dr. McGruder holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) international professional designation and served as the president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Atlanta and Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club. He is also a member of the 2018 Class of Leadership Atlanta.

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