A veteran of fundraising at California universities is Baylor University’s pick for its new vice president for development.
Dave Rosselli will begin Nov. 2 overseeing a team of 70 people raising funds for Baylor’s ambitious initiatives, including “From Here We Build,” a five-year, $320 million campaign now underway.
Rosselli, now executive director of institutional advancement at the University of Southern California, has worked in collegiate development and strategic planning for two decades. Before coming to USC in 2011, he oversaw major capital campaigns at the University of California-Berkeley and the dentistry school at the University of the Pacific.
“Dave Rosselli brings to Baylor exceptional credentials in the area of university philanthropy, as well as a deep understanding of Baylor’s global mission and Pro Futuris vision,” Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said in a news release. Pro Futuris is Baylor’s strategic plan for becoming a national-level research university with a Christian identity.
Rosselli said he sees this as a “transformational” time for Baylor.
“My wife, Christine, and I have sensed a profound calling to join Baylor and help lead the institution into this next era of excellence,” he said in a statement.
“I look forward to being part of the dedicated mission of integrating academic excellence and the Christian faith.”
Baylor fundraising has been on a roll in the last few years, bringing in $345.3 million between early 2012 and early 2014.
Last year, Baylor launched the “From Here We Build” campaign for campus improvements, scholarships, academic development and an alumni events center at McLane Stadium. That campaign is well ahead of its five-year schedule, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said.
Baylor’s previous development vice president, Ken Hall, was fired from the position in November 2014 after two years of record fundraising for the university.
Hall, a former Baylor regent and retired CEO of the Baptist nonprofit group Buckner International, said he was given no reason for the firing. Baylor officials did not comment on the reasons for his departure.
Starr, who was chosen as university president by a search committee Hall led, praised Hall upon his exit, saying he made a “positive and enduring impact on Baylor University.”