Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations
Jennifer Patterson, Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations, came to Kettering University in October 2022. In this role, she leads efforts to engage trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends by connecting them with philanthropic opportunities that further the Kettering mission “to prepare students for lives of extraordinary leadership and service.” Jennifer oversees major and planned gifts, alumni engagement and annual giving, advancement services, corporate giving, foundation relations, external relations, and STEM Diversity programs. She is also a member of the President’s Cabinet.
She has more than two decades of successful fundraising experience. In her previous role as Vice President for Advancement, Marketing and External Relations at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, she led her division during record-breaking years in overall fundraising totals. During that time, Capital University doubled the baseline raised in less than six years and more than tripled it in 10 years. Jennifer has previously led advancement teams at the University of Rochester in New York, the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Xavier University in Ohio and her Master’s degree in Management from High Point University in North Carolina.