Bruce Danielson, New Senior Director, Principal Gifts

It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Bruce Danielson to the position of Senior Director, Principal Gifts.  Bruce will serve a unique role on the principal gifts team, as he will solicit individuals with the capacity to make gifts of $25 million and greater.  Gifts from these benefactors will provide transformational impact to the University of Notre Dame.  This is a very select group of individuals and will require a great deal of research, travel and stewardship. 

Although this promotion is effective immediately, the transition from Bruce’s current role will take significant time.  Over this time, we will transfer Bruce’s current portfolio to other members of the West Region Development team.   Until the transition is complete, Bruce will have dual reporting lines to both myself and Kevin Cannon, Sr. Director of the West Region.  Once the transition is complete, Bruce will report solely to me. 

Prior to joining the University in January of 2005, Bruce enjoyed a successful career with IBM.  He began his career at IBM immediately after graduating from Notre Dame (1980), and remained there until 1988.  Bruce then illustrated his entrepreneurial skills as a founding principal of the Summit Group.  Along with 6 other partners, Bruce experienced great success at Summit and grew the company significantly before selling it in 1999 to CIBER, Inc.  After the sale, Bruce remained with CIBER as the Senior Vice President of Sales until 2004. 

On a personal note, Bruce has been an inspirational force for Development and has performed at the very highest of levels. Year in and year out, Bruce is one of the University’s top fundraisers.  Bruce and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 32 years and are the proud parents of 5 grown children and grandparents of a 10 month old granddaughter, Madison Olivia.

Please join me in congratulating Bruce on this promotion, and wish him continued success as he works to further the mission of Our Lady’s University.

In Notre Dame,

Joe Gelchion, Associate VP of Development

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