Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute

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Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute—Faculty


Lynette L. Marshall

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 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.


Bruce W. Flessner

Vice President, The American University in Cairo

Bruce Flessner has been one of the nation’s leading philanthropic voices for over forty years. He began his development career at Kalamazoo College in Michigan before joining the development team at the University of Minnesota, where he rose to become the Vice President for Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation.

For the past thirty years, Flessner has consulted with colleges, universities, and academic medical centers in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. He has worked with hundreds of clients, including the largest public university campaigns in the nation. 

Flessner is a recognized expert on new wealth philanthropy and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Star Tribune, Dallas Star, Detroit Free Press, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other major newspapers. He has served on the board of the Council on Foundation’s New Ventures in Philanthropy. He is the first male to ever serve on the council of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy.

He is a baseball fan.


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.


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 programme.  In 2019, Alison led the team and secured the largest single gift to a UK organisation by a UK national, a £100m gift from the Claudia and David Harding Foundation.

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 annually.


Jerry May

Vice President Emeritus for Development, University of Michigan


In January 2019, Jerry May became Vice President Emeritus of Development at the University of Michigan and a consultant to the university. 

Jerry was vice president for development at the University of Michigan from 2003-2018, where he had responsibility for all fundraising activities including a development program of 500+ staff. He was responsible for planning and implementing the Michigan Difference campaign which exceeded its $2.5 billion goal by raising a record-setting $3.2 billion at its conclusion in December 2008. In 2011, he planned and implemented the university’s $4 billion Victors for Michigan campaign, which launched publicly in 2013, and raised $5.2 billion at the close of the campaign in 2018.

In addition to planning and implementing four comprehensive billion dollar fundraising campaigns, Jerry’s leadership in fundraising has focused especially on major and principal gifts, recruiting and engaging fundraising volunteers, and developing a comprehensive talent management program and Development Summer Internship Program for Michigan students.

Jerry has contributed to the development profession by speaking at development conferences and serving on committees and boards. He served on the CASE Board of Trustees and the CASE 50 Board, which he chaired. He has been on the faculty of the Big Ten Fundraising Institute for over 25 years and has served as its dean. He was selected to receive the CASE Frank B. Ashmore award in July 2019 for outstanding service to the profession.