Kelly Cole

Vice-President (External)

Kelly Cole

In her role as Vice-President (External), Kelly leads the four functional areas of Advancement Operations, Alumni Relations and Development, Communications and Public Affairs and Principal Gifts. These teams work with faculties and divisions across campus to: strengthen and protect Western’s reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarship; support the best student experience; generate resources in support of institutional priorities; and, engage alumni to strengthen the alumni network and build on their contributions to Western.

Kelly, together with alumni volunteers, senior leadership and the External Relations team, spearheaded the University's "Be Extraordinary" campaign to surpass its goal of raising $750 million by 2018 with results of over $805 million.

Previously Kelly held the position of Executive Director of Advancement for the Ivey Business School from 2005-2013. She has 25 years of fundraising experience and is recognized as being an innovative leader. Kelly is a strong communicator with a passion for philanthropy.

Kelly holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Honors Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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