Darrell Bell joined Nazareth College as Vice President for Advancement in May 2021, following more than 20 years of advancement experience with public and private institutions of higher education. Prior to joining Nazareth, Darrell served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary and held advancement roles at several highly regarded research universities, including University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. His breadth of experience spans across various areas of advancement but his expertise is geared towards annual giving, front line fundraising, diversity initiatives, capital campaigns and management.
As Vice President, Darrell provides overall leadership for the College development and alumni affairs programs. He oversees six departments, numerous volunteers and 20 professional and support staff in Advancement. He works with and through others to plan and implement strategies and tactical approaches to fundraising and external relations encompassing the areas of annual giving, major and planned gifts, corporate, government and foundation relations, programming, communications, parent relations and alumni relations. Darrell is responsible for strategic and operational advancement planning for both yearly and extended multi-year development initiatives, including comprehensive, capital and endowment campaigns, related special projects and events. He interfaces with and supports the Board of Trustees, especially its advancement committee, and volunteers. Darrell also interfaces with the college’s senior faculty and staff and assists with development of the strategic plan. He is a member of the President's Cabinet and participates in key decisions with college leadership.
Darrell volunteers his time and talents to local organizations including The Charles Finney School. Darrell also serves on the CASE District 2 Cabinet as well. In 2018 Darrell was awarded the RBJ 40 under 40 and then recognized again as a 2020 Rochester Chamber of Commerce Ignite Award Finalist. He holds an associate’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania in Criminal Justice, a B.A. in Administration of Justice from University of Pittsburgh a Masters of Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College and recently graduated from the Leadership Rochester program in 2021. He resides in Macedon, NY with his dog Lacy.