Jerry May joins U-M as vice president for development
|May (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)
Jerry A. May, vice president for development at The Ohio State University
and president of its foundation for the past 10 years, will return to
Ann Arbor to assume the position of vice president for development at
the University. May left Michigan for Ohio State in 1992 after a 13-year
career in fundraising at the Ann Arbor campus.
His appointment was recommended Dec. 17 by President Mary Sue Coleman
after a national search. It will be effective Feb. 1 upon approval by
the Board of Regents. The board is expected to consider the appointment
at its Jan. 16 meeting.
“I am deeply appreciative of the hard work done by the search advisory
committee to identify the strongest candidates across the country,”
Coleman says. “Jerry May was the most outstanding of these, and
we are delighted to have him returning to the Michigan community.
“We will be working hard over the next few years to raise funds
for our most important priorities, and Jerry will contribute his extensive
knowledge and experience to making this effort successful. He is one of
the leading fundraisers in higher education today and comes to us with
a terrific national reputation and a long track record of major successes.”
“I am excited to work with the president, the donors and volunteers,
and the development team to help increase private resources that will
support Michigan’s great academic programs,” May says.
At Ohio State, May is responsible for all fundraising activities across
the university, including more than 25 schools, colleges and programs.
He planned and saw to completion in 2000 a major capital campaign there,
which raised more than $1.2 billion, surpassing its goal. The campaign
dramatically increased the university’s endowed faculty positions,
scholarships and research funds, and helped to build more than a dozen
U-M soon will kick off its own fundraising
campaign. May will be responsible for launching that effort, as well as
for coordinating development efforts centrally and partnering with the
19 U-M schools and colleges in their development activities.
U-M has an endowment valued at about $3.4 billion, 12th largest among
all U.S. universities. Its last capital campaign, completed in 1997, raised
$1.4 billion for facilities, academic programs, endowed professorships
May first joined the U-M development staff in 1979 as a senior development
officer. From 1979-92 he served in a variety of roles, most recently as
director of the Major Gifts Program and director of the Principal Gifts
Program. Prior to that he was senior associate director of the University’s
Campaign for Michigan in 1983-87 and directed the U-M Business School’s
capital campaign in 1982-83.
May holds a B.A. degree in English from Hope College and a M.Ed. in student
personnel administration from the University of Vermont. He did graduate
work in higher education administration at Michigan from 1976-79.
Rebecca Blank, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the
Henry Carter Adams Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and professor
of economics at U-M, chaired the search advisory committee.
Cynthia Wilbanks, U-M vice president for government relations, also has
been serving as interim vice president for development while the search