By Emily Gold Boutilier
Megan Morey arrived on campus in December as chief advancement officer. Her job is to design and execute a newly invigorated effort to support and fund the college’s plans for the future—plans to expand the faculty, for example, to make new investments in financial aid, to build dorms and labs, to boost community engagement.
Morey oversees the offices of development, advancement operations and alumni and parent programs. A nearly 20-year veteran of higher-education fundraising, she came to Amherst from Williams, where she was director of leadership giving.
“Can we raise the money? I know we can,” says Morey, and she’s ready to get to work. Explaining the principles behind the effort, she points to the February 2006 report of the Committee on Academic Priorities, which outlines a vision to broaden access to Amherst, to enhance the curriculum and the physical campus, and to foster greater engagement between the college and the wider community. Specifics continue to take shape.
Morey feels strongly about the value of her own liberal arts education, and sees it as her job to help sustain the liberal arts experience. When she was an undergraduate at Ohio Wesleyan University, she had no career plan. “I knew everything I didn’t want to do,” she says. “But I didn’t know what I did want to do.” Her work-study job as a student caller led her to consider jobs in advancement after graduation. She was hired by Denison University’s university relations office. She was hooked.
At Williams, where she worked for more than seven years, Morey helped to launch a strong fundraising program that reached its goal a year and a half ahead of schedule. Before that, she was director of the annual fund, senior development officer and associate director of development at the University of Redlands. She’s also held positions at Barton College and Ohio Wesleyan.
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