Franklin & Marshall College is pleased to announce that Frederick D. Brown Jr. will join the College Advancement team April 13 as executive director of development and campaigns. In this position, Brown will direct the successful conclusion of the “Now to Next” capital campaign, which has achieved $163 million toward its $200 million goal and is slated to conclude in December 2021. He will lead the College’s principal gifts program and will play a significant role in designing and building F&M’s next capital campaign, which is expected to support the outcomes of the current Collegewide strategic planning process.
“It is such a terrific privilege for F&M to welcome someone of Fred’s experience and caliber to the campaign and advancement team. At this critical moment in the evolution of our campaign and advancement work, Fred’s leadership will give our efforts a huge boost,” said Vice President for College Advancement Matthew Eynon. “I am sure the entire F&M community – students, alumni, faculty, parents and staff – will be excited to get to know and work with Fred. I know I am!”
After nearly a decade of work as a civil engineer in Pennsylvania, Brown launched himself into his advancement career. He brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education advancement to his new role. Most recently, Brown served as assistant dean of advancement and external affairs for Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. At Syracuse, he worked with the dean of the college and central advancement to manage the advancement, external relations, corporate engagement, and communications functions of the college. In this role, Brown was responsible for the college’s progress toward a $60 million goal as part of Syracuse University’s $1.5 billion “Forever Orange” comprehensive capital campaign.
Immediately prior to Syracuse University, Brown served Gettysburg College for more than a decade in various roles, including as senior major gifts officer and as development liaison to the Eisenhower Institute. During his time at Gettysburg, he secured major gifts for a new internship program and the admissions welcome center, and he assisted in the recruitment of several Gettysburg trustees. His broad and deep advancement experience also encompasses responsibilities in alumni relations and annual giving. At Goucher College, Brown was the director of reunion giving for the annual fund, and at Lafayette College, he served as associate director of alumni affairs.
At F&M, Brown will be a member of the Office of College Advancement’s senior leadership team. He will lead the College’s campaign planning and execution, serving as a key collaborator with F&M senior staff, advancement staff and numerous critical campus partners. He also will work closely with the College president and advancement vice president on campaign and principal gift strategy and relationship management.
“I’m excited to join such a great liberal arts institution as Franklin & Marshall College,” Brown said. “I’m looking forward to working with President Altmann, the advancement team, and the entire College community in shaping the future of this College.”
An alumnus of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., Brown holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He serves on the board of directors of both the National School Foundation Association and the Association of Pennsylvania Education Foundations.