James B. Piatt, Jr. came to Elon in 2008 as Vice President for University Advancement with 20 years of experience in higher education. He is the chief advancement officer for Elon and is a member of the President’s Senior Staff. His responsibilities include oversight of all fund raising activities, alumni engagement, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, parent giving and programs, and donor relations. Mr. Piatt’s arrival at Elon coincided with the public phase of the Ever Elon Campaign, a comprehensive fund raising initiative that raised more than $107.3 million from 2006-11 toward a myriad of institutional priorities. Highlights of the campaign included more than $60 million in new commitments to the university’s endowment as well as completed capital projects such as Lindner Hall, Alumni Field House, Koury Gymnasium renovations, the Numen-Lumen Pavilions, the Student Professional Development Center, and the Worsley Golf Center.
Prior to Elon, Mr. Piatt spent eight years as Vice President for College Advancement at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where he successfully directed an $82 million campaign. Earlier in his career, he served as Associate Director of Development at the Law School at Stanford University, Development Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and Assistant Dean for Development in the College of Communications at Ohio University.
Mr. Piatt received his MBA from Ohio University in 1993 and his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 1987. He has presented at district meetings of the Council for the Aid and Support of Education, the Independent College Association of Ohio, the Southeast College Advancement Consortium, and the North Carolina Independent Association of Colleges and Universities. His involvement in the Burlington community includes youth sports coaching, membership and leadership roles at Front Street United Methodist Church, and other volunteer service.