Adam Wise, a well-respected leader in the world of philanthropic advancement, will join the University of Massachusetts Boston as vice chancellor for university advancement beginning September 4, 2018.
Wise’s career in the field of advancement spans more than 25 years and he comes to UMass Boston after two decades at Boston University, where most recently he served as the associate vice president for development and alumni relations (DAR). As a member of BU’s senior leadership team in DAR since 2006, Wise was directly involved in planning, launching, and implementing BU’s current $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign.
His work overseeing BU’s school and college DAR teams also led to an exponential increase in alumni engagement that helped generate a new culture of philanthropy. Wise's successful principal gift experience coupled with comprehensive campaign expertise led to the successful cultivation of one of the largest commitments for scholarship endowment in Boston University’s history.
“I am thrilled that Adam Wise will be leading a renewed and vigorous Advancement division at UMass Boston,” said Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman. “The City of Boston, the Commonwealth, and friends far and wide will come to know him as a powerful advocate for philanthropy in support of public higher education.”
Wise said that, “UMass Boston is an essential part of the educational and economic engine that helps propel the Commonwealth. I am committed to supporting public higher education and am hugely concerned about student access and affordability. Together we must step forward to promote our educational institutions. My move to UMass Boston is grounded in the belief that we can continue to inspire those who have supported us in the past while discovering new portals of philanthropy to bolster our talented students and faculty.”
At UMass Boston, Wise will develop a comprehensive, best practices program that fosters a culture of philanthropy, aligns with and advances the university’s strategic priorities, attracts new sources of funding, engages alumni, students and friends, and enhances the visibility of UMass Boston as a leading, public, urban research university.
“We know that Adam will be vigorous and successful in our efforts to increase fundraising for scholarships, internships, student success investments, faculty research, endowed chairs, and support for centers and institutes,” Newman said. “We cannot wait to get started.”