Brian Baker named assistant vice president for university advancement
Elon staff member Brian Baker has been named assistant vice president for university advancement. He will lead major gift fundraising efforts, including Elon’s current campaign to complete a major expansion of the School of Communications.
Other areas of responsibility include planned giving, foundation relations and prospect research. Baker also serves as liaison to the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.
“I am extremely grateful to President Leo M. Lambert and Jim Piatt (vice president for university advancement) for this opportunity,” Baker says. “Our job in the Office of University Advancement is to engage Elon parents and alumni in the life of the university and match their philanthropic values with the university’s priorities. Building relationships with our constituents and helping them impact the lives of Elon students is one of the great joys of my work.”
Baker joined Elon as a major gifts officer in September 2005, and most recently served as executive director of major and planned giving. He played an integral role in the Ever Elon campaign, the university’s largest and most successful fundraising campaign to date, which was completed in December 2011.
Before joining Elon, Baker spent five years at the University of Louisville, first in athletics and then as associate director of development. He is a 2000 graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and minored in journalism. He lives in Burlington, N.C., with wife Katy and their two children, Jack and Andrew.