Jacquelynn Rhodes, a seasoned fundraiser who helped the university raise millions of dollars, has been named associate vice president for development at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
In that position Rhodes, of Scotch Plains, will play a key role in setting the university’s overall fundraising strategy. Her specific duties include advising the vice president for university advancement as well as overseeing the development office in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of principal gift prospects. She will also frame strategy and tactics relating to the solicitation of gifts and manage relationships with prospective and present donors.
Rhodes, who has worked for NJIT for 13 years, has a proven record of success. In her previous job as assistant vice president of university advancement, corporate and foundation relations, she was instrumental in helping the university raise $120 million during its Design for the Future Campaign. That campaign, which ran from 1993 through 2000, was focused on endowments and scholarships.
Prior to coming to NJIT, her career focused on social and health-related services that encompassed administration, program development, community organizing and policy and planning. She has also been involved in community service activities through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the nation's first sorority for black college women.
Rhodes received her bachelor's degree in sociology as well a master's degree in social sciences from Michigan State University. In addition, she holds her master's degree in social work (MSW) in administration, policy and planning from Rutgers University. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ASCW) and is a licensed social worker (LSW).
She also recently graduated as a Fellow from Leadership New Jersey, a program of the Partnership for New Jersey based in New Brunswick.
The program identifies, honors, informs and challenges emerging leaders from all sectors to create a strong, statewide network of people dedicated to making New Jersey a better place in which to live and work.