Mark Gaines, CFRE shares how he worked to create the role of his dreams as CDO of DEI at Purdue University, and offers replicable strategies for institutional advancement professionals looking to follow suit.
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Mark Gaines is the Chief Development Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Purdue University. Since joining Purdue, Mark has served as a Director of Development for the Krannert School of Management. He has been instrumental in closing important investments for the School of Management, which includes The Business Opportunity Program that assists underrepresented minorities with their pursuit of a business school education. Mark has connected well with Krannert alumni, faculty, and students, and has assisted his team in raising a record number of dollars for FY2019.
Prior to his tenure at Krannert, Mark served as a Major Gift Officer and Associate Director for the Center for Integrated Learning at Earlham College and Associate Director of Development at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. During his time with Farmer, Mark solicited endowed scholarships, chairs, and faculty support. He also developed the university’s signature scholarship aimed at first generation and minority students. The latter scholarship became one of Farmers major components for their new college wide campaign.
Mark holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business, an undergraduate degree from Earlham College, and the distinction of Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE).
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