Executive Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations
Fred Van Sickle
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Fred Van Sickle became the executive vice president for University Development and Alumni Relations in January 2011. He previously served Columbia as vice president for University Development from 2003 to 2010, and as deputy vice president beginning in 2002. Among other responsibilities, as the executive vice president, Van Sickle oversees Columbia’s outreach to its alumni worldwide and the Columbia Campaign, the University’s ongoing $5 billion fundraising effort. He has played a pivotal role in planning, launching and leading the campaign—one of the most successful fundraising efforts in the history of higher education—since 2004.
Before joining Columbia, Van Sickle held leadership positions in alumni relations and development at several institutions of higher education, including the University of Michigan, where he was the associate vice president for development and assistant dean for development for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He also served his undergraduate alma mater, Lake Forest College, as its vice president for alumni and development and secretary of the college, and is former director of principal gifts at Princeton University.
Van Sickle holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a trustee of International House and chair of the board for The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.