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Jefferson Appoints New Foundation Leader

On Feb. 24, 2014, Elizabeth Dale joined the Jefferson Foundation as its new senior vice president and chief development and alumni relations officer.

Dale stepped into the leadership position previously held by Fritz Ruccius, who remains with the Foundation as the chief development officer for Planned Giving.

Dale joined Jefferson from Drexel University where she served as the senior vice president for Institutional Advancement since 2006. Prior to Drexel, she was the vice chancellor for Advancement and executive director of the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst Foundation.

Most recently, Elizabeth conceived, launched and successfully completed Drexel’s $400MM Dream It. Do It. Capital Campaign. This campaign began in FY2008 and was completed 13 months ahead of schedule. It raised $455MM — 14 percent over the goal.

Dale holds a doctoral degree in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from UMass Amherst, and in 1999 was awarded an American Council on Education Fellowship.

"Elizabeth is an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking, high energy, disciplined, enthusiastic and motivated problem solver who will simply inspire the Jefferson family," said Charles G. Lewis, executive vice president, external relations. "She will lead Jefferson’s philanthropic planning process for a yet-to-be announced campaign which will culminate on our 200th anniversary in 2024."

For questions, you contact Dale directly at elizabeth.dale@jefferson.edu.


Stephen K. Klasko, MD, became the new president and CEO of
Thomas Jefferson University and TJUH System
in September 2013.

Read more about him here.

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