Thursday June 30, 2011

A Global Connection

Michael Pedley, a 1998 School of Law graduate, will build a global network of alumni who share his passion for the University of Dayton's mission. He's the new assistant vice president for alumni outreach.

The University of Dayton's 100,000 alumni around the globe have a new connection to their alma mater.

Michael G. Pedley, director of corporate and foundation relations for the University of Dayton, has been promoted to assistant vice president for alumni outreach after a national search.  He will be responsible for designing and implementing programs that engage alumni and inspire them to support their alma mater as volunteers and donors.

"Michael brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning and volunteer engagement to this leadership role," said Deborah A.W. Read, vice president for University advancement. "He will serve as a bridge between our graduates and the University they love."

A 1998 School of Law graduate, Pedley, 43, joined the University of Dayton in October 2010 to develop a national model for a corporate and foundation relations program.  This new position intrigued him because it offers him the opportunity to build a global network of alumni who share his passion for the University's mission.

"I embrace the Catholic, Marianist tradition of the University of Dayton and look forward to working closely with our loyal alumni on programs that benefit them and create a lifelong bond to this campus," said Pedley, who will oversee a staff of 15 in alumni outreach and annual giving.

For two years, Pedley served as executive director of stewardship and institutional advancement at the diocese of Raleigh, N.C., where he realigned staff responsibilities, wrote a long-range strategic plan for fundraising efforts, recruited and managed a volunteer advisory board, developed promotional materials and coordinated a feasibility study for a diocesan campaign. Previously, he worked for more than six years at Purdue University, where he served as staff counsel/associate director of planned giving before directing the corporate relations office for the College of Agriculture.

Early in his career he practiced law in Toledo and Cincinnati. His law practice focused on complex federal litigation, business law, real estate law and estate planning.  In addition to a law degree, he holds a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate from the University of Cincinnati.

The University of Dayton holds approximately 400 events at 35 alumni chapters annually. These include Flyer game watches and the popular Christmas off Campus faith-and-service programs. Approximately 2,000 alumni each year return to campus for Reunion Weekend.  The University's National Alumni Association provides strategic direction for a multitude of programs, including an annual alumni awards program. Just recently, the association provided $1 million to the University to create the first phase of an interactive Alumni Center in the 1700 South Patterson Building, NCR's former world headquarters along the Great Miami River.

Pedley resides in Oakwood, Ohio, with his wife Storie and their children, Olivia, Colleen and Lauren.

Contact Michael Pedley, assistant vice president for alumni outreach, at 937-229-4101.