Wells College has named Lawrence "Larry" Jerome, an executive with significant experience in the higher education and health care sectors, as the College's new vice president for advancement.
When he begins his new position in early August, he will be leading an advancement operation that is already nationally recognized for its results-oriented performance. Just this week, Wells College won a 2019 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for best overall performance in the category of private liberal arts institutions with endowments under $100 million.
"I am pleased to welcome Larry Jerome to the campus community this summer," said Jonathan Gibralter, president of Wells College. "I know that our alumnae and alumni, parents, donors, and other friends of the College will find him to be a passionate, capable advancement professional with an ability to think strategically and to inspire and motivate others," added President Gibralter.
A seasoned fundraising, development and marketing professional with more than three decades of experience, Larry Jerome comes to Wells from Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C., where he served as senior vice president for institutional advancement. At Cone Health—an integrated, not-for-profit health care system with more than 12,000 employees and 1,800 physician partners—he worked for the past three years to build a new culture of philanthropy and exceeded yearly fundraising goals. He also worked to improve community and donor relations, and designed and led a philanthropy planning study to assess the community's relationship with Cone Health.
As a senior vice president of the Angeletti Group in New Vernon, N.J. and senior consulting associate with Brakeley Briscoe in San Mateo, Calif., Jerome provided consulting services on a wide range of advancement-related topics, including major gift fundraising, capital campaign planning and management, annual and planned giving, board development and governance, grant writing and public relations. As a senior consulting associate, he would often participate as a senior member of teams related to planning studies and business development. Prior to that, he was managing director of development at Lifespan, a not-for-profit, comprehensive health care system based in Providence, R.I. At Lifespan, he coordinated major gift fundraising for several area/regional hospitals—including supervising capital campaigns for Rhode Island/Hasbro Children's Hospital and the Miriam Hospital.
His higher education fundraising experience includes stints as managing director for medical center development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.; regional director for university relations at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.; and deputy director of development at the Yale University School of Medicine/Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn.
He holds a B.A. in government from St. Lawrence University.