Gonser Gerber LLP, consultants in institutional advancement, has announced the appointment of Nancy O. Gray as a Senior Consultant with the firm. As a member of the Gonser Gerber team, Nancy will provide individualized counsel to educational, religious, arts, social service, healthcare and other non-profit organizations. Her specialties include developing and strengthening governance and foundation boards; increasing presidential effectiveness; strategic planning; leadership team development; campaign planning and execution; annual, capital, major and planned gift programs; volunteer engagement; public relations and integrated marketing; and other aspects of institutional advancement.
Nancy joins the firm following a 40 year career in educational and advancement leadership. Most recently, Nancy served for twelve and a half years as president of Hollins University in Virginia, where she led the largest fundraising comprehensive campaign at a Southern women’s college and raised over $300 million during her tenure; doubled the institution’s endowment and eliminated its debt; and led two successful strategic plans, resulting in new academic programs and renovation of historic facilities. Prior to Hollins, Nancy served as president of Converse College in South Carolina for five and a half years, where she led a successful $100 million comprehensive campaign.
Earlier in her career, Nancy served in various leadership roles in advancement including vice president of advancement at Rider University and as vice president of seminary relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. Before these vice presidencies, Nancy served in various positions of increasing responsibility primarily in major gifts, campaign planning and execution, and corporate and foundation relations at Vanderbilt University, University of Louisville, Oberlin College and The Lawrenceville School.
Nancy earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and M. Ed. from the University of North Texas, completed additional graduate work in higher education administration at Vanderbilt University, and holds honorary doctorates from Presbyterian College, Hampden Sydney College, and Hollins University. She currently serves on the boards of Princeton Theological Seminary, Mill Mountain Theatre, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and serves on the School of Public and International Affairs Advisory Board at Virginia Tech. Her prior experience includes service on the boards of the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, as vice chair for resources of the Council on Independent Colleges, chair of the Council of Virginia Independent Colleges, and vice chair of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
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