November 5, 2007
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College is pleased to announce that Megan Morey has accepted the position of chief advancement officer (CAO). Morey, who currently serves as director of leadership giving at Williams College, will assume her new role at Amherst in early December.
“I have been impressed by Megan’s vision and leadership, as well as by her nearly 20 years of fund-raising experience in higher education,” said President Anthony W. Marx. “She brings with her a real passion and appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education today and for an academic environment steeped in tradition. I am truly thrilled at the prospect of working with her in the months and years to come.”
As CAO, Morey will provide leadership and direction for Amherst’s newly invigorated advancement efforts and will design and implement a fund-raising program that responds to the college’s ambitious plans for renewal and growth—plans that include a campaign initiative currently in its formative phase. She will also work to identify, cultivate and attract future volunteer leadership and help foster the alumni body’s engagement in the life of the college.
“Amherst’s compelling vision and ambition, combined with a very talented and experienced staff, make this a most exciting opportunity,” she said.
At Williams, Morey helms a staff of 23 that includes donor relations, development research, the 25th and 50th reunion programs, special events and a team of senior development officers. She serves in a strategic leadership role for the $400 million Williams Campaign—which she helped launch in 2003—and collaborates with the senior staff of the college to define and prioritize fund-raising objectives. As a direct result of her efforts, Williams has raised more than $20 million in gifts during the past four years.
Prior to her tenure at the school, Morey served as director of the annual fund, senior development officer and associate director of development at the University of Redlands. She also held positions at Barton College, Denison University and Ohio Wesleyan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics management and French and began her career.