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.
“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."
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.”
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.
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 approximately 600 staff comprised of Development, Alumni Affairs, University Communications & Public Outreach, Government & Community Relations, Advancement Services, Alumni Association and The UCLA Foundation.
She is actively leading UCLA’s $4.2 billion Centennial Campaign which launched in May of 2014, the largest public university fundraising drive ever conducted and working with campus leadership in preparation for the University’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2019.
Rhea has served UCLA since 1994 and has had management responsibility for one of the most successful development programs of its kind. Campaign UCLA, completed in 2005 generated a record-setting $3.052 billion. During her tenure as Vice Chancellor, the campus has averaged more than $515 million in annual private support. She has also led the widely acclaimed UCLA Optimists branding initiative that has transformed the University’s communications platform over the past 4 years.
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.