CHESTERTOWN — Gary B. Grant, a fundraising professional with more than 25 years of experience in higher education and medical nonprofits, will soon join Washington College as its new vice president for college advancement.
Grant will come to Chestertown from Fort Worth, Texas, where he has served more than five years as the vice president for institutional advancement for the University of North Texas Health Science Center and executive director of its foundation.
Grant began his career in advancement work at the University of Chicago, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history. While still an undergraduate working as head supervisor of the University’s telefund, he raised $1 million over two years.
After graduation, Grant raised major gifts and built relationships with alumni and parents for the University of Chicago and, later, for its School of Social Service Administration and Medical Center. He then spent five years as director of major gifts for the National Alzheimer’s Association, raising some $35 million in his first three years and helping reorganize the overall fundraising process of the organization.
At the University of North Texas Health Science Center, which he joined in early 2008, he has nearly tripled the level of giving and raised $25 million in pledges toward a proposed new medical school.
In addition to his advancement expertise, Grant holds a law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was named to the Law Review, and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1996.
Grant, his wife, Kerry, and their three daughters, ages 17, 14 and 12, plan to move to Chestertown before the start of the school year.