Bruce N. Smith named chief development officer
Bruce N. Smith has joined St. Paul’s School as a chief development officer. In his new role reporting to the Rector, Smith will provide strategic and operational leadership for the Development Office, leading and managing the fundraising and development operations programs, and a team of 25 professionals in annual giving, leadership gifts, and development operations. In addition, he will provide direct support to the Rector and the Board of Trustees in soliciting principal gifts. Smith will also serve as a member of the Board’s Development and Trustee and Governance Committees.
Before joining St. Paul’s School, Smith was the associate vice president for development and academic coordination at Dartmouth College, where he has worked since 1999 in roles encompassing the various elements of advancement, including assistant vice president and director of individual giving, executive director of the Family Giving Programs, and senior associate director for leadership giving. Smith has led teams with up to 35 members, including a campaign team that secured more than $350 million in commitments.
“I’ve been fortunate to grow and learn at Dartmouth over the past 20 years. I am excited to join the St. Paul’s community to begin building diverse and rewarding relationships across the grounds and around the world. I am also looking forward to working with alumni, parents, and friends in support of the School’s enduring commitment to community, learning, and leadership,” Smith said of his move.
In his most recent role at Dartmouth, Smith served as primary development contact with campus partners to ensure campaign readiness and the effective use of campus leadership and boards of overseers. Among his responsibilities were establishing financial, programmatic, and performance goals, developing and executing short- and long-term strategies for the identification, cultivation, and the solicitation of philanthropic donors.
“When I first met with Bruce, I was struck by his ability to distill complex concepts into compelling language and his clear ability to build strong, successful programs. We are delighted to welcome him to St. Paul’s School as he leads the development team forward while guiding strategic donor cultivation and engagement and broadening our philanthropic endeavors,” said Rector Kathleen C. Giles.
Smith began his career at Cornell University before becoming the director of development at SUNY Binghamton. He earned his B.A. in history and an M.S. in Communication at Cornell University. He currently resides in Concord, N.H., with his wife, Amy.