Saint Mary’s University is pleased to announce the appointment of Jillian Gibson as the Director of Philanthropy in the Office of Advancement, effective August 27, 2018. Reporting to the Vice-President, Advancement, Jillian will provide leadership for the University’s philanthropy programs and staff in the area of major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, and donor relations.
A member of the Advancement Leaders Team and the Senior Management Group, Jillian will play a vital role in building the university’s capacity to attract private sector support through strategic engagement of a broad range of stakeholders in integrated fundraising programs and long-term relationship building.
Jillian has extensive experience in the development, fundraising, and leadership fields, with a career spanning twenty-five years in education and educational advancement. A member of Memorial University’s (MUN) Advancement team since 2009, Jillian has held increasingly progressive positions in annual giving, faculty development and major gifts, including leading a $5 million campaign for the Faculty of Medicine and management of the major gift team for the university during the “Dare To Campaign for Memorial University” which raised $67 million. Prior to joining MUN, Jillian served as Director of Development at the Queen’s College Foundation in Nassau, Bahamas for four years, after an 11-year career as a teacher in Canada and Bahamas.
An alumna of the University of Ottawa with Bachelors of Arts and Education degrees, Jillian also has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Memorial University. An active member of the Rotary Club in Bahamas and Newfoundland since 2006, Jillian is past President of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest and looks forward to continuing her strong engagement in the community.