AGB Council of Foundation Leaders

The Council of Foundation Leaders is a standing advisory group of professional leaders, knowledgeable about the roles, responsibilities, and practices of effective governance for institutionally related foundations. They also have a deep understanding of the purpose of institutionally related foundations and the inherent dynamics of interrelatedness between foundations and the universities, systems, and colleges they serve. The Council meets quarterly.

Council Ambassador

George P. Watt
AGB Senior Consultant, Senior Fellow, and Membership Ambassador
Former Executive Vice President, Institutional Advancement
and Executive Director, College of Charleston Foundation
Former President, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and U.S. Naval Academy Foundation


Gretchen Buhlig
CEO, Arizona State University Foundation

Monica Delisa
Georgia College

Kristen DeVries
Western Michigan University Foundation

Jay Dowd
The Citadel Foundation

Chris Dyba
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, East Carolina University

Tom Hyatt
AGB General Counsel, Dentons US LLP

Shane Jacobson
President and CEO, University of Vermont Foundation

Rickey McCurry
Vice President of Development and Alumni Engagement, Northern Arizona University Foundation

Ian Mercier
Vice President for University Foundations, Augusta University Foundation

Thomas Mitchell
Vice President of Advancement, University of Florida Foundation

Mike Mlinac
University of North Texas Foundation

James H. Moore, Jr.
President/CEO, University of Illinois Foundation

Danita Nias
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and CEO, Florida Atlantic University Foundation

Cheri O’Neill
President and CEO, Colorado State University Foundation

Guy Patton
President and CEO, University of Oklahoma Foundation

Vita Pickrum
Vice President, Division of University Advancement, Delaware State University; President, Delaware State University Foundation

Leonard Raley
President and CEO, University of Maryland System Foundation

Jeff Rountree
President and CEO, University of Mary Washington Foundation

Katherine Sawyer
Oakton Community Foundation

Greg Willems
President and CEO, Kansas State University Foundation

With thanks to our partner for their support of this council.