Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute—Faculty
Principal, Bentz Whaley Flessner
Bruce Flessner is a principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner and has worked with many colleges and universities in his more than 30 years of consulting. His clients span $50 Million - $4 Billion campaigns and 5 continents. Prior to founding the firm, he served as Vice President of the University of Minnesota Foundation and as the annual fund director at Kalamazoo College, Michigan.
“It was a valuable time to learn from and share with peer professionals and institutions. The caliber of faculty and speakers are national leaders who share openly their experiences and time."
Ohio State University Medical Center
“BTFRI provided a rigorous program with some of the best leaders in the industry to learn from and be able to connect with at a one on one level. The connections with other senior leaders in the field that I made will continue beyond the conference. I formed valuable relationships that will benefit me and my institution.”
University of Michigan
Vice President Emeritus, University of Michigan
Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, UCLA
Rhea Turteltaub was appointed the UCLA Vice Chancellor, External Affairs in March 2008. She oversees a diverse, yet integrated department of over 500 staff comprised of Development, Alumni Affairs, Government & Community Relations, Advancement Services, the UCLA Alumni Association and the UCLA Foundation. She is actively leading UCLA’s $4.2 billion Centennial Campaign which was the nation’s largest public university fundraising drive when it launched in May of 2014. She is also working with campus leadership in preparation for the University’s 100th anniversary to be celebrated between May 2019 – June 2020.
Rhea has served UCLA since and has had management responsibility for one of the most dynamic development programs of its kind. Campaign UCLA, completed in 2005, generated a record-setting $3.052 billion. In the course of UCLA’s Centennial Campaign, the campus has averaged more than $651 million in annual private support.
Dean, BTFRI; President and CEO, The University of Iowa Center for Advancement
Lynette Marshall is the president and CEO of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, which is the new organization that combines the UI Foundation and UI Alumni Association. The UI Foundation recently completed the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the University of Iowa and the state of Iowa, exceeding its $1.7 billion For Iowa. Forever More. campaign goal by $275 million. In her more than decade of service at Iowa, the UI Foundation has experienced record performance and growth and has become a national leader in creating a campus culture of philanthropy.
In addition to serving as dean of the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute, Marshall provides leadership to several national organizations, including the Association of Governing Boards and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She was honored with the 2017 CASE Institutionally Related Foundation Commonfund Award.
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Cambridge
Alison joined the University of Cambridge in 2013 as Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations. She is responsible for carrying forward the University’s philanthropic agenda, which includes leading the £2billion fundraising Campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge and expanding and enhancing the Alumni and Supporter relations program.
Alison has worked in education development for 30 years and previously has held senior roles in the USA. Alison led a $3bn campaign for the University of Virginia where she was Associate Vice-President for Development. Prior to this she completed a $25m six-year campaign two years ahead of schedule as Director of Development for the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she oversaw an increase in giving from $1m to $11m