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Senior Vice President

Peter Frisko

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education and an unparalleled depth of understanding of Drexel’s alumni, donors, and constituencies, Mr. Peter Frisko was named Interim Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement effective January 2014. In this role, he reports to University President John Fry and is responsible for Drexel University’s institutional advancement program. He also facilitates and provides professional guidance for the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees as well as the Alumni Board of Governors.

Prior to being named Interim Senior Vice President, Mr. Frisko served since 2007 as Vice President for Institutional Advancement (COO). In this position, he played an active role in recruiting and developing the leadership team responsible for transforming the Office of Institutional Advancement into a national leader known for its metrics-driven processes, its creativity and innovation, and its financial success. Mr. Frisko had direct oversight of the teams responsible for major gifts, foundation and corporate relations, annual fund, and advancement services. He also developed new strategic functions for the division, including teams dedicated to donor relations, protocol and special events, and communications and marketing. These areas became national models for implementation, and their publications received several national awards.

During his service as Vice President, Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future exceeded its $400 million goal by more than $55 million and concluded seven months early. It was a remarkable accomplishment, considering the worldwide recession and the passing of Drexel's president, which occurred during the Campaign. The comprehensive campaign also saw great success in philanthropic support of civic engagement initiatives, including the founding of the Lindy Institute and the Dornsife Center. Thanks in large part to positive, long-term relationships Mr. Frisko had developed throughout the institution, a faculty-staff giving campaign was launched, with nearly 50 percent of faculty and professional staff now making a charitable contribution to the University, a participation rate higher than any Drexel peer institution.

Before his appointment as Vice President, Mr. Frisko functioned as Acting Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and prior to 2006, he served as Associate Vice President for Advancement Services. Since joining the University in 1991, Mr. Frisko has been a valued member of the University’s leadership in significant initiatives such as the merger of Drexel and MCP Hahnemann Universities, the development of the law school, the establishment of the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento and the integration of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Mr. Frisko has served the larger University community through his participation on committees, including the President's Awards committee and search committees for positions that include the Vice Provost of Research, the Dean for the School of Public Health and the Senior Vice President for Finance, and Treasurer.

During Mr. Frisko’s tenure at Drexel, annual fundraising more than quintupled. This growing support has transformed Drexel's campus, helped put the institution on strong financial footing, fueled its ascent among the nation’s top private research universities and advanced its goal of defining the modern urban university.

In addition to his Drexel responsibilities, Mr. Frisko has been called on as an expert lecturer on topics ranging from building lifetime relationships with alumni to fundraising communications and operations. He has also provided assistance to other non-profit organizations, including health and human services, and arts-related causes.

Having grown up an athlete as a swimmer, surfer, life guard, rower, and cyclist, Mr. Frisko maintains his active lifestyle and continues to enjoy these activities. As well, he participates in campus-wide competitions as part of the Institutional Advancement teams: softball, Drexel Olympics, and Tough Mudder crew.