Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute—Faculty

Bruce W. Flessner

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.

Lynette L. Marshall

Jerry A. May

  “The quality of the BTFRI faculty, paired with the outstanding talent of attendees, makes this one of the single richest conferences in the country. BTFRI is a perfect blend of content, candid conversations, and unique perspectives that we can all benefit from in higher education development and advancement."

Ben McLuen
Oregon State University Foundation
“I have attended conferences and institutes for decades. The size, scope, participation and open communication at BTFRI were first class. I recommend this experience for all fundraising leaders.”

Armin Afsahi
University of Denver
Vice President for Development, University of Michigan

As Vice President for Development at Michigan, Jerry May was responsible for planning and implementing
The Michigan Difference campaign, which exceeded its $2.5 billion goal to raise a record-setting $3.2 billion at its conclusion in December 2008. Jerry led the university-wide planning for the Victors for Michigan campaign and the fundraising for the nucleus fund. The campaign kicked off on November 8, 2013, with $1.7 billion in its nucleus fund. The campaign is scheduled to run through 2018 with a goal of $4 billion. A regular speaker at professional fundraising meetings, May has been a member of the BTFRI faculty for more than a decade.

Rhea Turteltaub

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, an organization that recently combined two longstanding institutions—the UI Foundation and the UI Alumni Association. In 2016, the University of Iowa completed the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the university and the state of Iowa, exceeding its $1.7 billion For Iowa. Forever More. campaign by $275 million. In her more than a decade of service at Iowa, the UI Center for Advancement 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.

Alison Traub

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