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Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development Durham, NC

Duke University has selected David L. Kennedy as its next Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development, effective July 1, 2018.

A graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Kennedy currently serves as Stanford’s senior associate vice president for development, in which he oversees a number of development operations, including Humanities and Sciences, Law School, Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Education, Undergraduate Education, Arts, Athletics, International Division, Major Gifts and Principal Gifts.

Mr. Kennedy helped guide the university’s development office through the global financial crisis and completed the $6.2 billion Stanford Challenge, which at that point was the most successful campaign in the history of higher education. Since then, Stanford’s development organization has been the highest performing in terms of cash raised in higher education for four of the last six years that Mr. Kennedy has been part of the senior leadership team.

Prior to assuming his current role at Stanford in early 2009, Mr. Kennedy spent eight years as associate dean for development at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; under his leadership the school raised more than $675 million, including securing what was at the time the largest gift ever to a business school of $105 million. Earlier in his career, he worked as recruiting coordinator for Stanford Athletics and held positions in advertising, executive search, and as director of field sales for an internet startup.

As vice president, Mr. Kennedy will direct Duke’s central development office and provide overall leadership for fundraising efforts of Duke’s schools, units, and Duke Health to identify and secure private philanthropy to support operations and strategic priorities. He will also oversee the Duke Alumni Association, which connects more than 167,000 Duke graduates around the world with the university and each other.  

Jack Gorman led this search with Kennedy Kearney-Fischer, Emiko Boezeman, Billy Parker, and Devon Benjamin.

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