Parent Leadership Council

Parent Leadership Council

Statement of Purpose

The mission of the Parent Leadership Council is to help build community among parents of undergraduate students; to enhance the experience of students as they learn, lead and serve; and to provide advice and support to University leadership in advancing UD through thought-partnership and philanthropy.


  • Parent Leadership Council Executive Committee (8)
    Chairs (1), Philanthropy Chairs (1), Engagement Chairs (1) and up to five committee members
  • Advancement Support (1.5)
    Dedicated operations staff (Romer/Hoagland)
  • Philanthropy Committee (5)
    Chairs (1) supported by work group of 4 committee members
  • Engagement Committee (5)
    Chairs (1) supported by work group of 4 committee members
  • Council (80)
    40 member families in FY19; 60 in FY20; 80 in FY21 & beyond

Executive Committee

  • Advises UD president and Parent Engagement and Philanthropy program director
  • Participates in roundtable discussions on issues of critical importance to UD
  • Chair hosts on-campus council meetings twice a year
  • Welcomes incoming council members – phone calls, handwritten notes, host at first meeting
  • Identifies/recommends new families for the council
  • Members make personally meaningful contributions to their program(s) of choice

Philanthropy Committee

  • Advises on parent giving strategies and funding to enhance the student experience
  • Chair shares fundraising updates at council meetings
  • Chair signs appeals to parent audiences
  • Members:
    • thank parent donors – handwritten notes or calls
    • make solicitation calls to parent audiences
    • volunteer during UD’s first Giving Day in April
    • partner on face-to-face parent visits as appropriate
    • donate to their program(s) of choice ($2,500 minimum)

Engagement Committee

  • Advises on parent partnership opportunities, such as:
    • Admissions – recruitment events, admitted student days, welcome calls, new student welcome events
    • Student Development – Parent Orientation, Family Weekend, health and wellness, housing, etc.
    • Career Services – Internships, co-ops, vocational discernment, mentoring and coaching
    • Other – communicating with the UD parent community, supporting first-generation college students, campus ministry and faith formation, social justice, etc.
  • Serves in a leadership role for the UD Alumni Community, specifically supporting events such as parent receptions, care package parties, prayer circles, etc
  • Members donate to their program(s) of choice ($2,500 minimum)

General Membership

  • Attends on-campus meetings twice per year
  • Participates in local UD Alumni Community events
  • Provides feedback on the UD parent and student experiences
  • Introduces UD to corporate and community organizations that may wish to work with UD students, faculty, staff and/or alumni
  • Builds social/career network through connections with likeminded UD parents, alumni and friends
  • Members donate to program of choice ($2,500 minimum)

Parent Engagement and Philanthropy

Daniel J. Curran Place
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7053