Dennis Cross came to W&L in October 2004 from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where he served as vice president of university development. In that position, he organized and managed the William and Mary development program and conceptualized, planned and initiated implementation of the school's $500 million fundraising campaign. During his final year in Williamsburg, William and Mary received its first recognition for an outstanding development program among colleges and universities with the CASE/Wealth Engine Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Performance.
From 1992 until 2000, Cross served the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as executive director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation, senior associate dean for program development and external relations, and special assistant to the director of the Carolina First campaign. He helped conclude successfully the A&S portion of the Bicentennial Campaign and helped plan and successfully launch the $2 billion Carolina First campaign. Cross was a senior member of the University's development and external relations team that received annual recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education(CASE) as a national top performer in development.
Cross is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt and holds graduate degrees in the philosophy of religion from Harvard. He is a native of Bristol, Va./Tenn.
"It is a privilege to serve Washington and Lee and the University's remarkable students, faculty, and staff. W&L felt like home immediately. It is a joy to work every day with caring and fiercely loyal and generous alumni, parents, and friends to ensure that our students, faculty, and programs have the resources they need and deserve at one of America's oldest, best and most distinctive universities. We strive to communicate well and connect our alumni and supporters with the campus and our mission. Our alumni, in turn, want to join parents and friends, and ensure that today's undergraduates and law students have the same educational and transforming experiences alumni had. Alumni appreciate the great teaching they benefited from; the personal attention of faculty; marvelous personal growth opportunities outside the classroom; a beautiful campus and strong sense of place; and a community of trust built on honor and integrity. Our alumni are making differences throughout the world. They feel strongly that Washington and Lee is a meaningful part of their success."
As Vice President for University Advancement, Cross serves as the senior philanthropic officer for W&L, the managing director of the new campaign Honor Our Past, Build Our Future, and oversees University Advancement which includes the following areas:
• Alumni Affairs
• University Development
• Law School Advancement
• Communications and Public Affairs
• Special Events
• Special Programs (Alumni College, W&L Traveller)
• University Guest Houses
Washington and Lee has received the CASE/Wealth Engine Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Performance in development in four of the past six years (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010).
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