Jennifer Patterson Named AVP for Advancement, Chief Development Officer

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Thursday, February 28, 2013

News-Patterson-125Capital University’s advancement efforts took an important step forward recently with the arrival of Jennifer Patterson, who has joined the private, comprehensive university as associate vice president for advancement and chief development officer.

Patterson brings to Capital considerable experience across all advancement functions, including donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Especially relevant is her impressive track record of success in private higher education. Her superior management skills, along with her energy and vision, will take Capital’s advancement function to the next level of professional excellence.

Patterson joins Capital from the University of Rochester, where she led the development team responsible for arts, sciences and engineering — the largest in Rochester's system other than Medicine. Under her leadership, Patterson’s team raised on average $20 million in cash a year and $45 million in pledges.

Prior to her work in Rochester, Patterson served as director of development for The National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC, where she cultivated support from Fortune 500 business leaders. She also has led giving programs at Wake Forest University, where she raised a $5.3 million gift for the Department of Psychiatry, and Wheeling Jesuit University, which marked the start of her career in higher education.

An Ohio native, Patterson was born in Martins Ferry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Xavier University and a master’s degree in business management from High Point University.



Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.  

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