Cunningham, whose appointment was effective Aug. 17, manages a staff of 70 and is responsible for all facets of Boston College fundraising. His efforts will focus on the organization and management of, and solicitation during, a capital campaign now in its early stages.
"Bob brings an understanding and appreciation of the Jesuit tradition of higher education, as well as a genuine commitment to the advancement of that tradition," said DeLong. "His experience spans the private and non-profit sectors and includes marketing, academic and development research, alumni relations, annual giving, major and principal gifts, strategic planning, fiscal and personnel management, and campaigning.
"As we prepare for the ambitious major fundraising goals ahead," she continued, "we are very pleased to have a person like Bob providing leadership in such vital areas."
Robert L. Cunningham
"One of my most important experiences was as an undergraduate at Holy Cross College, a Jesuit institution," said Cunningham, who graduated from Holy Cross in 1982 with a degree in political science. "The idea of applying my abilities and skills to an institution like Boston College which strongly upholds those Jesuit values was a very appealing one. I also was very impressed by the sense of community I found at BC and I think this will be a tremendous asset as the development effort unfolds."
At Harvard Law School, where he had worked since 1989, Cunningham oversaw all development programs and activities, and managed the dean's advisory board and principal gifts. Prior to assuming the directorship in July 1995, he had served as associate director and director of the Law School Fund, then associate director of development.
Cunningham held administrative positions at New York University, as research and alumni program coordinator from 1987-88 and director of alumni relations from 1988-89. His professional experience also includes stints as an account executive and assistant account executive with two New York City advertising firms, and as a social worker with the New York-based Boys Hope Program.
In addition to his bachelor's degree, Cunningham earned a master's degree in history from NYU in 1989 and studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1990-91.
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