Penn State Behrend selects new director of development, alumni relations

ERIE, Pa. — Kevin Moore has been named director of development and alumni relations at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He brings to the position nearly 30 years of fundraising and alumni-relations experience.

Moore, a 1985 graduate, first worked for the college beginning in 1990, as assistant director of the Career Development Center. He later served as director of alumni relations and as a major gifts officer. He also led fundraising efforts at the Erie Community Foundation, Saint Vincent Hospital, and at the Ashtabula campus of Kent State University, where he was director of institutional advancement.

Moore returned to Penn State Behrend, again as a major gifts officer, in 2015. In that role, he helped to raise more than $50 million in local support for Penn State’s capital campaign, “For the Future.” The seven-year effort exceeded its original goal by nearly $17 million and resulted in 51 endowments at Penn State Behrend, including 40 new student scholarships.

“Kevin’s record of accomplishment reflects his ability to foster meaningful connections with our many alumni, donors and friends in order to build philanthropic support for our students, our programs and services, and our strategic initiatives,” Chancellor Ralph Ford said. “His skill in leading our development and alumni relations efforts will be especially critical as we enter our next campaign across the University.”

Moore had served as interim director of development since January. He works closely with Penn State Behrend’s Council of Fellows, an 80-member group that advises Ford and other campus leaders on issues related to economic development and regional need, and with the college’s alumni across the country.

“Penn State Behrend is one of the most dynamic and comprehensive colleges in the Penn State system,” Moore said. “I look forward to building long-term relationships that connect donors in a profound and satisfying way, and that improve both our University and the lives of our students.”