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Assoc. Vice Chancellor Recognized for Fundraising Excellence

CASE Honors John Davis for 25 Years of Service

John Davis
John Davis, associate vice chancellor for principal gifts, is recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I Quarter Century Circle Award.

By Madeline Koufogazos

During his career in the Massachusetts higher education system, Associate Vice Chancellor for Principal Gifts John Davis has raised more than $100 million in philanthropic support. For this and other career achievements at UMass Lowell and other private and public educational institutions, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognized him with its District I Quarter Century Circle Award, acknowledging his 25 years of service. 

Davis has been a professional in the development/advancement field for more than two decades, specializing in education fundraising. As associate vice chancellor in UMass Lowell’s Office of University Advancement, Davis supervises the leadership and principal giving efforts of the University and has personally closed six gifts of more than $1 million each over the last three years. 

After 10 years of fundraising at private high schools and public colleges and universities, Davis joined the advancement team at UMass Lowell in 1996. He began his career at the University as the major gift officer for the Francis College of Engineering and the Department of Athletics and rose to interim vice chancellor, a position he held for three years.  Davis was responsible for an engineering capital and equipment improvement program that raised more than $30 million over five years; and he supervised two endowment-building programs that increased the private scholarship endowment at UMass Lowell from $12 million to more than $40 million over six years.  

Davis briefly left UMass Lowell for a position at the University of Hartford where he brought a successful conclusion to their $125 million “Campaign of Commitment.” He then returned to UMass Lowell in 2008, joining Chancellor Marty Meehan’s new leadership team and participating in the building of a new comprehensive advancement effort at the University. 

“John’s determination and enthusiasm for higher education and for UMass Lowell has resulted in millions of dollars for student scholarships, academics and student life programs. John’s 25 years of experience, knowledge and passion has had a tremendous impact and been instrumental to the growth of the University,” says Edward Chiu, vice chancellor of University Advancement. “This CASE Quarter Century Circle Award is fitting recognition for his many contributions.”