Michael J. Smith, the new URI Foundation president, rolled up his sleeves this December to lead the fundraising and endowment management operations at the University.
He’s more than up to the task. His 20-year career in higher education philanthropy includes three major campaigns at institutions in Kansas that netted a total of more than $800 million. He developed and implemented a comprehensive development program at Kansas State University that increased annual gifts from $21 million to more than $100 million.
“I was impressed by all of the people I met throughout the interview and selection process and energized by the transformative goals that have been set by President Dooley,” said Smith. “From the Foundation Executive Board and staff, to the administration, Alumni Association, academic deans, athletics, and beyond, it was obvious to me that everyone shares a passion for this University and an understanding of the great potential it has.
“The role of private philanthropy at URI is becoming increasingly important, and I look forward to doing what I can to help build and increase opportunities that will enhance URI’s profile and competitiveness.”