About the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR)
About 370 employees work for DDAR, either in our central offices, or for a college, unit, or campus. The Division is led by the Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Rod Kirsch. During Rod’s tenure, which began in 1996, Penn State has secured more private support than it raised in its previous 140-year history.
The Division of Development and Alumni Relations connects members of the Penn State family to the University and to each other, gaining their ideas, advocacy, and support on behalf of the University's mission and goals.
The mission of the Division is to advance the University's mission of teaching, research, and service by:
- involving our alumni, volunteers, and other constituents in an on-going relationship with the University;
- providing high-quality programs and services which are responsive to the needs of our constituents;
- informing our constituents of the University's accomplishments, challenges, and priorities;
- identifying and securing the gifts of time, ideas, and resources from our key stakeholders;
- being good stewards of our relationships and resources.
Fundraising at Penn State
Penn State is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive universities. Its long-standing tradition of philanthropy began with its origins in 1855 on 200 acres donated by a local business leader and its designation in 1863 as Pennsylvania’s land-grant institution.
We still value that spirit of philanthropy today, and our Development operation is focused on supporting our donors and friends in their efforts to continue to foster philanthropy at Penn State.
- We value our alumni and friends and the altruistic spirit of our volunteers and donors.
- We value the relationships we have with our alumni, volunteers, donors, students, faculty, and staff.
- We value colleagues who are talented, honest, ethical, collegial, and hardworking; who demonstrate integrity and respect for each other.
- We value and encourage diversity in an open and welcoming environment.
- We value the high quality of our programs and continuously strive to improve our services and encourage the professional growth and development of our staff.
- We value the collaborative relationship between the Penn State Alumni Association and the Office of University Development in our shared responsibility to help shape the future of the University.
Fast Facts and Accomplishments
- Penn State’s current fundraising campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.
- In the 2010-11 fiscal year, new For the Future campaign commitments exceeded $352 million, more than the entire sum raised over six years in Penn State’s first campaign.
- The number of total gift commitments raised in just 4½ years, from January 1, 2007 until June 30, 2011, surpassed the final total raised during the seven-year Grand Destiny campaign, which raised nearly $1.4 billion.
- Penn State has ranked first in the number of alumni donors among its peer institutions for the last thirteen years.
Penn State is always looking for talented professionals to join the development team.
Penn State’s administrative and research hub is our University Park campus, but Penn State has 23 additional undergraduate and specialized locations across Pennsylvania.
Learn more about current career opportunities in development or visit the Penn State Office of Human Resources Employment page.
Learn more about the Summer Internship Program in Development.