University Welcomes Chief Development Officer and Foundation Executive
Attracted by its schools, geography, and president, Michael B. “Mickey” Dowdy, MBA, is excited to begin his duties as the University’s chief development officer and vice president as well as the president and CEO of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. (UMBF).
Dowdy, who arrived Jan. 22, comes to UMB from East Carolina University (ECU), where he was vice chancellor for university advancement. Before that, he held leadership positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Mary Washington, and the University of Richmond.
“UMB is a world-class University with a special combination of schools,” Dowdy says of what drew him to the position. “I enjoyed my time at Virginia Commonwealth University, working exclusively on the health sciences campus for 12 years. This is an extension of that with the addition of schools of law and social work. Plus Baltimore is a city that I have watched and admired over the years.”
As chief development officer, Dowdy will be responsible for creating and overseeing development standards policies, metrics, and best practices, and management and administration of the University’s development activities. He will work with the president and senior leadership to construct and implement innovative approaches to cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts.
Dowdy says the presence of University President Jay A. Perman, MD, also factored into his decision to come here. “I believe Dr. Perman is a dynamic leader and I look forward to working with him,” Dowdy says.
Perman speaks highly of Dowdy as well. “He’s a seasoned professional with a consistent record of accomplishment leading higher education advancement and development programs,” Perman says.
“Mr. Dowdy has significant experience developing successful capital campaigns and securing critical leadership gifts, as well as working with institutional governing, foundation, and alumni boards. I place a very high priority on accelerating our fundraising efforts and I am extremely pleased to be bringing the University such a highly experienced professional to enable us to accomplish our fundraising goals.”
Dowdy, who said his wife, Lynn, also is excited to be joining the Baltimore community, hopes to repeat the fundraising success he had at ECU, where in December 2011 a $200 million Second Century Campaign was culminated a year ahead of schedule.
“During the past 6 ½ years my team at ECU completed the largest campaign in history with a 50 percent increase in alumni donors and we almost doubled our endowment—all during the economic downturn,” Dowdy says. “It was hard work but very gratifying.”
He knows he has some big shoes to fill as president and CEO of UMBF. The foundation made great strides under recently retired T. Sue Gladhill, MSW ’76, with assets of just under $200 million since being formed in 2000. Dowdy is eager to keep up the momentum.
“We will attempt to build upon the earlier success and harness every possible relationship UMB associates have that might offer the potential for building additional private support,” Dowdy says. “We will engage every person we can for this effort.”