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College welcomes new chief development officer

Apr 24, 2018

David VanLone arrived at the College of Business last month with more than 20 years of successful fundraising experience under his belt and a list of priorities he’s eager to tackle with his four-person development team.

Immediately before joining Florida State University, VanLone spent six years in development at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, where he served as executive director of corporate and foundation relations for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

VanLone said he knew FSU and the College of Business would be the right fit for him during the interview process in February. “The fundraising team is a great group of thoughtful and efficient professionals,” VanLone said. “I also was impressed with the faculty and staff members and the alumni I met. They really care and want to do something to benefit education, and that convinced me that the possibilities are endless at Florida State.”

First on his to-do list is meeting with members of the College of Business Board of Governors, alumni and others who are already helping to shape the future of the college. He will concentrate on raising money for Legacy Hall, the college’s new home, as well as other priorities, such as funding professorships, chairs and programs critical to the college progressing along its path to preeminence and being recognized as one of the Top 25 business schools in the nation. VanLone said among his most important goals is to ensure his team of development officers is successful in helping the college grow and move forward.

“We are delighted David will be leading our team of development professionals in the College of Business,” said Andy A. Jhanji, executive vice president of the FSU Foundation. “I am confident that with his depth of experience, his proven fundraising success and his passion for higher education, David will excel for the benefit of our students, faculty and alumni.”

VanLone’s past positions have prepared him for the job at hand. Before heading to the University of Maryland, much of VanLone’s experience consisted of executive or top-level positions at entities in Dallas, Texas, including the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the American Heart Association, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation and Southern Methodist University. Just prior to moving to the University of Maryland, he was a senior vice president for major gifts at the American Heart Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

VanLone also served as a fundraising consultant for universities and nonprofits and as a technical consultant for prospect screening companies. He is co-founder, former president and board member of the Southwest Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) and frequently presents for organizations such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In 2008, VanLone received the Jonathan Lindsay Award, which recognizes long service and expertise in prospect research.

He teaches a capstone course, which he created, and was a member of the original task force for the development of the Fundraising Operations Certificate program at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership.

VanLone earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure University in New York; and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Syracuse University in New York.


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