Suffolk hires new Vice President

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Article by: Ryan Boyle

Christopher Mosher, a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, was recently appointed as the Vice President of Advancement.

As the University’s Chief Philanthropist, Mosher is responsible for raising funds from private sources, corporations, and foundations, in addition to managing donations, major gifts, annual giving, and revenue streams through alumni relations.

Mosher has a background in philanthropy and communications, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in English and Journalism from Northeastern University.

He spearheaded a capitol management campaign at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and directed fundraising programs, held leadership positions, and worked in public affairs at Northeastern University.  Prior to joining Suffolk University, Mosher was vice president of Development at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA.

Mosher said he’s coming into Suffolk at a critical time and has his work cut out, with a new residence hall underway, new academic program in the works, and a new academic building on the drawing board.   “The opportunity to play a leadership role in Suffolk University’s advancement program is the opportunity of a lifetime for me.”

His first goal is to wrap up the “Power to Change” campaign within the next two years.  It’s currently the largest and most ambitious capital funding campaign Suffolk has ever undertaken.  So far $53.4 million has been raised towards an interim goal of $60 million. $75 million will ultimately be raised, according to Mosher, who said the funds will support initiates in student life and learning, academic excellence, evolving campus, and allow greater financial flexibility within the Suffolk Annual Fund.

Funds will be used to aid undergraduate Need-Based scholarships, including graduate fellowships, law school scholarships, the Presidents Incentive Loan Program, and the Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

Five new academic support centers will be created for entrepreneurial study, teaching excellence, innovation and change leadership, the Suffolk Poetry Center, and law and public service.

In addition to the new academic support centers, Suffolk is looking into science lab renovations, creation of a student center, and additional building funding to make renovations and improvements.

Mosher also plans to bring the philanthropy program to the next level.  “Suffolk is an institution that is deeply committed to its students,” he said. “I know first-hand what a Suffolk education has done to me, personally and professionally.”

Mosher hopes to encourage more alumni to contribute back to Suffolk, so future students have the ability to attain a life-enriching experience.

“In life you reap what you sew, the quality of your Suffolk degree is enhanced each day,” said Mosher.

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