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Tresa Ciprich
Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

116 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802

E-mail: tad2@psu.edu
Phone: 814-865-6160

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Development Leadership

  • Rod Kirsch, Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
  • John Dietz, Associate Vice President for Development
  • Dave Lieb, Associate Vice President for Development
  • Kelly A. Altland, Interim, Associate Vice President of Medical Center Development;
    Interim, Chief Development Officer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine

Rod Kirsch

The Division is led by the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Rod Kirsch.

During Rod’s tenure, Penn State has secured nearly $4 billion in private gift commitments. He has served Penn State since February 1996, first as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and since May 2006 as Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.

Rod began his development career at Drake University in Des Moines in 1982. Before joining Penn State, he held several posts at the University of California at Berkeley, where he directed the largest public university campaign in the country at the time, and he served as Senior Vice President for Development with the Indiana University Foundation in Bloomington, Indiana.

Rod oversees a division of 375 employees responsible for alumni relations and development at Penn State’s 24 campus locations, including Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Under Rod’s leadership, Penn State concluded the seven year Grand Destiny campaign in 2003, securing $1.37 billion in new gifts and pledges. Rod proudly manages Penn State’s current campaign titled For the Future:  The Campaign for Penn State Students, a university-wide initiative begun in 2007 to raise $2 billion with undergraduate student support as its highest priority.

Rod graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor of arts in English and minors in German and history, and he earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Indiana University in Bloomington.  He currently serves as dean of the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Education at Indiana University.

John Dietz

John Dietz serves as Associate Vice President for Development.

John, who earned a master’s degree in higher education from Penn State, began his career in development in 1978 and joined the University’s fundraising team in 1989. His leadership at Penn State has included roles as associate director of corporate and foundation relations, director of development for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and director of development for the College of Engineering. During his tenure at the University, he has helped secure a total of $95 million in private support for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and led the College of Engineering toward a $200 million goal in the University’s current fundraising effort, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. Additionally, John has served on a number of councils and committees at the University, including the College of Engineering’s Coordination Council, Executive Committee, and Academic Council.

Throughout his service to the University, John has worked successfully with colleagues across the institution, mentored many young professionals, and built strong relationships with donors, volunteers, and academic leadership.

John oversees the University’s central development programs, including annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, development communications, donor relations, gift planning, leadership gifts, and research and prospect development.

Dave Lieb

David J. Lieb serves as Associate Vice President for Development.

Dave has over 22 years of nonprofit fundraising experience. He began his career at Penn State as a regional coordinator for the Office of Annual Giving. After serving as a development officer for Penn State's Smeal College of Business, Dave was promoted to director of development for university programs and served in that capacity until 1996, when he left Penn State to become the associate vice president for university advancement at California University of Pennsylvania.

In 1999, Dave returned to Penn State and currently serves as the associate vice president for development with supervisory responsibility for all of the major gift activities in the academic colleges and campuses as well as Continuing and Distance Education, the Dickinson School of Law, Intercollegiate Athletics, Research and Graduate Studies, and University Libraries. In addition, he also oversees the management of the office of Prospect Tracking and Management.

Dave received his bachelor of arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master's degree in higher education from Penn State. In 1992, he was certified as a Fundraising Executive through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.