7/20/2012 Chris Karlesky

F&M Names Matthew Eynon Vice President for College Advancement

  • Matthew Eynon, a member of the senior leadership team charged with advancement strategy in Boston College's current $1.5 billion capital campaign, will join Franklin & Marshall as vice president for college advancement in early fall. (Photo by Eric Forberger)

Matthew Eynon, associate vice president for capital giving at Boston College, will join Franklin & Marshall College as vice president for college advancement in early fall. In announcing Eynon's appointment, College President Daniel R. Porterfield cited his broad experience in marketing, communications and engagement strategies.

"Matthew's advancement expertise, strategic vision and record of leadership in higher education make him ideally suited to lead Franklin & Marshall's Advancement team," Porterfield said. "He brings to F&M a lifelong commitment to the liberal arts and a record of building strong relationships with a wide range of constituencies, especially alumni. I look forward to Matthew joining our community at such an exciting and dynamic time in F&M history."

Eynon, a native of Danbury, Conn., is a member of the senior leadership team charged with advancement strategy in Boston College's current $1.5 billion capital campaign. He manages a team of 28 major and principal gift staff members and cooperatively manages Boston College's overall donor prospect pool.

Before beginning his current role in 2011, Eynon served for four years as associate vice president for annual giving at Boston College, overseeing a 30 percent increase in alumni donors and 100 percent increase in giving by young alumni. He has defined a new system for major gift metrics; collaborated with alumni relations and communications staff members on alumni-engagement activities; and implemented a broad-based annual fund marketing program for more than 200,000 alumni, parents and past parents.

At F&M, Eynon will be responsible for the College's alumni and parent relations, fundraising initiatives, and corporate and foundation relations. He will succeed Lewis Thayne, who served as F&M's vice president for seven years before becoming the president of Lebanon Valley College.

A graduate of Dickinson College, Eynon said he is eager to work in the liberal arts environment at F&M.

"I'm excited to join a small, nationally recognized liberal arts college with a rich history," Eynon said. "It will be a privilege to join the F&M community in this leadership role at such a pivotal time in the College's history. I've always admired F&M's strong commitment to the liberal arts. I share President Porterfield's bold vision for F&M's next chapter, and look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, College community, alumni leaders and a dedicated advancement staff to realize that vision."

Prior to his current position at Boston College, Eynon served as assistant vice president for advancement at Suffolk University in Boston, where he was responsible for the leadership of the development team during a $75 million campaign and partnered with trustees and institutional leaders on key aspects of the institution's development program. Earlier in his career, Eynon served in several leadership roles at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, culminating in his appointment as the institution's chief advancement officer in 2002. Total private support for the university exceeded $58 million under his leadership, while the total endowment increased by 75 percent.

"Matthew stood out from a nationally identified pool of potential candidates for the position," said Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College Samuel Houser '89, who chaired the search committee. "His management experience at a variety of institutions, successful campaign experience and dedication to the liberal arts—cultivated through his education at Dickinson College—distinguished him from all others. Matthew is an advancement leader of national stature, and we are very fortunate to have recruited him to our team."

Eynon said his passion for the liberal arts comes from his parents, both of whom are educators and graduates of liberal arts colleges.

"My parents instilled in me the values reflected in a liberal arts education," he said. "I'm a product of Dickinson, and my sister went to Muhlenberg College. A liberal arts education teaches critical thinking and problem-solving and offers the opportunity for students to learn not just as scholars, but as musicians, athletes and artists. These students become leaders who contribute meaningfully to our country. A liberal arts education is the crucible in which this happens."

In addition to his work in higher education, Eynon built experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. In the mid-1990s he was vice president and co-founder of The Pyrenees Group LLC, a golf product marketing company based in Lancaster and Acton, Mass., and he previously was a regional sales manager and account executive at Moguls Ski & Sun Tours in Bryn Mawr. He credits both experiences for shaping a perspective that helps him in higher education advancement.

He said he looks forward to his move to Pennsylvania.

"My wife and children share my excitement to join the F&M community and Lancaster community," Eynon said.

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