Chad J. Jolly, Ph.D.

Phone: (630) 505-1433


Chad joined Gonser Gerber with a significant record of success in institutional advancement and nearly two decades of higher education experience.  He provides advancement consulting services including; comprehensive advancement counsel, campaign counsel, campaign readiness studies, program audits, board development and training, and strategic planning to colleges, universities, schools, healthcare organizations, secondary schools, and other non-profits nationally.

Prior to joining the firm, Chad served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement for William Jewell College (MO) where he led a highly successful advancement program and was responsible for development, alumni relations, public relations and marketing.  At Jewell, he led two successful comprehensive campaigns that transformed the campus, doubled annual operating support, increased the percentage of alumni giving, and better positioned Jewell as a national liberal arts college.  Prior to institutional advancement, Chad served as Dean of Enrollment Management where he led a very successful admission and financial aid program that resulted in enrollment growth and a more desirable enrollment profile.  He was selected for and participated in the Executive Leadership Academy through the Council of Independent Colleges in 2011.

Chad’s clients utilize his counsel in the following key areas:

  • Advancement and Campaign Counsel
  • Campaign Readiness Studies
  • Program Evaluation (Audits)
  • Performance Metrics Development and Implementation
  • Board and Staff Development
  • Annual Giving, Major Giving and Planned Giving Support
  • Constituent Relations and Stewardship
  • Strategic Planning
  • Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Modeling
  • Coaching for Chief Executive Officers

Education & Achievements


  • B.A. in History through William Jewell College’s distinctive Oxbridge Program, which included a year of study at the University of Oxford
  • M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University
  • Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education with a co-discipline in Sociology from the University of Missouri Kansas City

A popular speaker at professional conferences, Chad has presented for a number of professional organizations including:

  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
  • Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE)
  • Nonprofit Connect
  • Center for Nonprofit Success
  • Institute of Behavior and Applied Management
  • National Associations for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Gonser Gerber Institute


Chad enjoys running, guitar, live music, and extending his unwavering support to the St. Louis Cardinals with his three children; Noah, Eli and Avery.

Residence: Kansas City, Missouri