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Assistant Dean and Chief Development Officer, A. James Clark School of Engineering College Park, MD

The University of Maryland announced the appointment of Jennifer Schwartz as the next assistant dean and chief development officer for the A. James Clark School of Engineering, effective September 12, 2022.

Jennifer has worked at the University of Maryland since 2010, first as Senior Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at the Clark School (2010-2018) and then as Assistant Dean for Development at the School of Public Health (2018-2022).

Jennifer raised more than $150 million towards the Clark School’s $500 million Fearless Ideas campaign goal and led the School of Public Health to attain 205 percent of its campaign goal. She participated in closing the $219.5 million Building Together transformational gift in 2017 from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. At the School of Public Health, annual fundraising results grew 454 percent from FY18 to FY22.

Jennifer has shown that she can successfully bring together various stakeholders — university leadership, central development, faculty and staff — to coordinate successful prospect and donor strategies within units and across the university. She has fostered robust, strategic volunteer engagement by the School of Public Health Dean’s Council and Alumni Network Board.

An experienced people builder, Jennifer is adept at selecting, mentoring and coaching development and alumni relations staff members, and overseeing high-performing teams that value diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a leader within the development enterprise at the University of Maryland, and actively advances the existing culture of excellence, collaboration, accountability and professionalism.

Jennifer has served on the board of directors for the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers and as an expert panel reviewer for the Kellogg Foundation’s Racial Equity 2030 $90 million grant competition. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from George Mason University.

Jack Gorman led this search with Becky Piper and Ryan Cheung.


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