Mike joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Associate, and has been in the advancement field since 1982. During those years, he has worked for two private universities and an independent school. Beginning his 33rd year with Saint Xavier High School, a private Catholic school for young men, Mike directs a staff of eight and generates $4.0 million in charitable gifts each year. During his time at St. X, Littell has successfully directed a $4.2 million, a $10.6 million and a 28.0 million campaign that concluded in 2010 raising $29.1 million and increasing the annual fund by 36%. In addition, he developed the $1,000 Annual Giving Society from less than 50 members to over 900 and the school’s endowment from $200,000 to over $23.0 million.
Saint Xavier’s advancement program has earned several honors and awards including ten CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for Overall Development Performance most recently in 2018 and a Grand Gold CASE award for video productions.
In addition to Mike’s role at Saint Xavier, he also serves as a Senior Consultant for Gonser Gerber with a limited number of clients and specializing in independent school advancement and enrollment management and has a wealth of expertise with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge fundraising software.
Education & Achievements
- M.B.A., Business Administration
Bellarmine University, Kentucky
- B.S., Business Administration,
Trine University, Indiana
Mike is involved with CASE as a frequent speaker, past member of the Commission on Alumni Relations, the faculty member for of the Summer Institute for Independent Schools, Summer Institute for Alumni Relations and annual Workshop for Newcomers in Alumni Relations. Mike has authored chapters in two books published by CASE, one on Video Production and another for newcomers in Alumni Relations. Currently, Mike serves on many community boards, and was named one of “20 People to Know in Education” by Business First.