C. Andrew McGadney is an experienced leader in higher education administration with demonstrated expertise in board and faculty governance, fundraising, talent development, and creation and implementation of new strategic initiatives. He has served at the executive level in higher education for over a decade and has worked closely with four university/college presidents and six board chairs. Through his work leading three distinct areas within university or college departments, he has a proven track record of impact, outcomes, and an appreciation for development of entrepreneurship and innovation efforts.
Prior to his appointment at Knox College, he served as vice president and dean of student advancement at Colby College, following three years as vice president and secretary of the college.
While at Colby, McGadney provided strategic vision in realizing DavisConnects, a $25 million donor funded initiative that affords every student a set of integrated research, internship, and global experiences designed to enhance academics and prepare them for post-graduate success. McGadney was also responsible for implementing a series of complex strategic initiatives that emerged through the college’s planning process, which created and supported governance practices across the college.
He earlier served as vice president for university advancement at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he led fundraising efforts and instituted new infrastructure to execute a $125 million comprehensive campaign. He began his work in higher education as director of development and a major gift officer at Wesleyan University, where he also served as a trustee. He has served on several community boards, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
McGadney is a graduate of Wesleyan, and earned a master of public administration and policy from Columbia University and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.