Development Welcomes New AVPs

Development Welcomes New AVPs

The Boston College Development Office has completed its search for three associate vice presidents, who will each oversee major components of the University's fundraising operations.

(L-R) Eric Graage, Thomas Lockerby and Katherine Smith. Photo by Robert Sheehan
This month, Katherine Smith formally began her duties as associate vice president for school relations and corporate and foundation fundraising. Smith and Associate Vice President for Annual Giving Eric Graage, who came to BC last April, will be joined next month by Thomas Lockerby, the new AVP for gift planning.

Graage, Smith and Lockerby will report to Vice President for Development James Husson, who arrived at Boston College in 2002.

"Eric, Katherine and Thom are exceptional development professionals who possess a range of talents as fundraisers, managers and advancement strategists," said Husson. "They bring many important qualities to our talented staff and dedicated group of volunteers, and I look forward to working closely with them in the years ahead."

Graage is leading the University's efforts to grow the Boston College Fund and has been working closely with the fund's leading volunteers. "BC has an intensely loyal and proud group of alumni who stay in touch with each other and the University," said Graage. "Our role is to convey the impact that their giving has on the University that they love."

Prior to BC, Graage served as director of development for alumni and medical education at Harvard Medical School, and was director of development programs for Georgetown University's capital campaign. A graduate of Tufts University, Graage holds a master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and spent the early part of his career in the international transportation industry.

Smith was associate vice president for research at Brown University, where she worked closely with faculty to manage institutional proposals. She also served as Brown's AVP for development, overseeing corporate and foundation relations as well as faculty relations, research, stewardship and communications.

A graduate of Cleveland State University, she earned her master's degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, after which she taught at the college level and held leadership posts in various community arts organizations.

"I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to join BC's development team and to work closely with the University's deans and faculty," said Smith. "The recent Carnegie grant of $5 million to the Lynch School of Education is just one example of the interest I know many organizational donors have in BC's research enterprise."

Lockerby comes to BC from Dartmouth College, where he served as director of gift planning, managing a program that raises $15 million to $20 million in planned gifts annually, and worked closely with the institution's leading donors and financial advisors. He earned his bachelor's degree in American social history from Harvard University, worked in the Harvard development office, and held key positions at PG Calc Inc., a leading developer of planned giving software, and Kaspick & Co., a private investment advisor that manages more than $2 billion in planned gifts.

A past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England, Lockerby is widely published and a frequent speaker on issues related to wealth transfer, the tax consequences of charitable giving, and planned gift administration.

"I believe that the field of philanthropic planning is of critical importance to non-profits today," said Lockerby. "I look forward to working with BC's alumni and friends in ways that link their values and estate planning needs to their interest in advancing Boston College's educational mission."


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