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Olin College Names Beth Kramer Vice President for Advancement

Beth Kramer has been named Vice President for Advancement at Olin College of Engineering. Kramer will be a key part of the leadership team supporting Olin College as it continues to receive recognition for its role in leading change in engineering education.

In the newly created position, Kramer will have overall responsibility for leading and coordinating the college’s advancement efforts, including bringing Development, Family and Alumni Relations, and Marketing and Communications under one umbrella. In addition, she will be charged with developing a strategic direction for the corporate relations program at Olin College.

Kramer brings an impressive track record of experience to her new position. In her most recent role as the Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Kramer raised $162M in new gifts toward the Grounded Visionaries campaign, including a $70M pledge, the largest gift in the institution’s history, to create a new research center focused on design technology and sustainable buildings. Kramer also transformed the development and alumni relations program into a high-performing operation, and provided campaign strategic planning oversight as a member of the GSD executive team.

Prior to working at the GSD, Kramer served as the Assistant Dean for Development and Major Gifts at Harvard University JFK School of Government, where she helped build a robust major and principal gift program and led a major gifts team of 11 staff who raised $33M annually from a non-alumni-based constituency. Kramer’s previous positions include serving as the Director of Major Gifts at Northeastern University and Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Brandeis University.

“We are delighted that Beth Kramer is joining the Olin College community,” said Olin College President Rick Miller. “She has a deep understanding of the role advancement plays in strengthening academic institutions. With her strong background in fundraising and relationship building, she will help us garner support for Olin’s core mission and emerging priorities.”

Kramer will serve on the President’s Cabinet and be a key partner with the President and with the Board of Trustees Development and Governance Committee.

“I am delighted to join the team at Olin College,” said Kramer. “Olin is a remarkable institution, and it will be an honor to play a leadership role in securing the resources needed to advance the college’s strategic priorities, including collaborating with partners around the world to transform engineering education.”