Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Damon W. Cates, EdD, Appointed Senior Vice President for Advancement

March 9, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

I am pleased to announce that Damon W. Cates, EdD, has been appointed senior vice president for advancement. On May 1, Damon will join Loyola from his current role as the senior associate vice president and campaign director, alumni relations and development, at The University of Chicago.

In that position, Damon leads the university's comprehensive, multi-billion-dollar campaign, which launched as one of the largest in U.S. higher education history and has raised over $3.6 billion to date. The UChicago Campaign was also the first to launch with a publicly stated alumni engagement goal of getting more than 125,000 of the university's 160,000-plus alumni to go, give, and/or help during the campaign's public phase. To date, more than 100,000 alumni have participated. Relatedly, Damon has also helped drive an increase in undergraduate alumni giving from 33 percent to 42 percent over the past six years.

Damon has an impressive track record of success in fundraising leadership. Prior to his current role, he served as executive director of the Penn Fund at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Stanford Fund at Stanford University. He has also held several other leadership roles in annual giving and development at The University of Chicago. His degrees include a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University. Damon possesses not only the professional skills and experience but also the personal characteristics to lead and grow our community of engaged alumni, donors, and friends of the University.

As the senior vice president for advancement at Loyola, Damon will lead the Advancement Division including all development and fundraising efforts, alumni relations, and special events. To do this, Damon will work closely with key University leaders including the provosts, deans, faculty, staff, fellow senior leaders, and members of the Board of Trustees.

As I have stated in communications with the community over the last few months, Loyola is moving to a multi-year financial planning model and will build on the foundation of a sustainable financial and operating plan to address our challenges. Damon and the entire Advancement Division will be critical in helping the University achieve our strategic goals in the years to come through increased fundraising success and endowment growth.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Jamie Orsini, who has served as interim vice president for advancement since April 2016 and will continue leading the Advancement Division until Damon joins us. At that time, Jamie will resume her role as associate vice president for advancement.

Please join me in welcoming Damon to the Loyola community.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD