Tom Herbert has over twenty-seven years of experience in higher education advancement. Most recently he was appointed Miami University’s Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the Miami University Foundation effective October 1, 2012. In May 2017 he was promoted to Senior Vice President for University Advancement and President of the Miami University Foundation. For almost ten years he led an advancement staff of approximately one hundred and fifteen in all areas of alumni relations, communications, information technology and development. He successfully completed Miami University’s first $500 Million campaign and successfully launched its first $1 Billion campaign. During his time as President of Miami University’s Foundation he nearly doubled the size of its board and as well as its endowment. He also worked with its board to fully revise its governance structure and its new strategic plan.
Prior to his Miami position, Tom was at Dartmouth College where he first held the position of Associate Vice President, Individual Giving and was promoted to Vice President of Development. Before his Dartmouth appointments, he served in various roles at Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation, including Director of Planned Giving and Executive Director of Development and Alumni Programs for the College of Arts and Sciences. He later also served as Vice President for University Wide Programs – a role that encompassed directing a $1.1 billion dollar campaign, development of a principal gifts program and staffing the Indiana University President. During that time, he developed and taught a fundraising course at Indiana University and co-authored the textbook Conducting A Successful Major Gifts and Planned Giving Program. He has also served as an Assistant Vice President for Development at the University of Michigan and began his career as a Gift Planning Officer at Drake University.
Tom has presented at numerous development conferences for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (“CASE”) and served on its National Commission on Philanthropy. His service to CASE has also included developing and chairing both CASE’s Management Institute and its Institute for Chief Business Officers and Chief Advancement Officers. Currently he is on the faculty at Rice University’s Center of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership where he has taught a seminar on nonprofit management. He also served on the national board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (“NACUBO”,) the first advancement professional to do so.
Tom holds a BA in History from Northwestern University (’89) and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law (’94).