An advancement leader with nearly 40 years of development experience, Chris worked as a broadcast reporter before transitioning to development work with Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison. Later hired to conceive and lead a capital campaign for the University of Wisconsin Law School, Chris worked in various capacities for the UW Foundation: 10 years as a development officer and seven years as manager of UW’s $1.86 billion Create the Future capital campaign before being promoted to Vice President and corporate officer. In late 2012, Chris returned to his alma mater to become UW-Stevens Point’s initial Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, leading the institution’s first comprehensive capital campaign, a six-year effort that raised $41.5 million. His nine-year tenure saw five record years for fundraising, tripling UWSP’s endowment in the process. He currently holds the title Vice Chancellor Emeritus at UW-Stevens Point.
Chris has served on the faculty for capital campaign workshops for CASE and Academic Impressions, in addition to 25 years teaching in the Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits Conference sponsored by the UW Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies. Organizations including the Illinois Bar Association, International Crane Foundation, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Wyoming (OH) School District, and Portland State University have sought Chris’ advice and counsel. He also served as Trustee and Corporate Secretary of the Bethel Lutheran Church Endowment Foundation in Madison.
Chris lives in central Wisconsin with Marie, a clinical social worker. They are the parents of two adult sons.