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Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital Name Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Mitchell R. Beckman will be responsible for the overall fundraising enterprise and will help enable MCW and Froedtert Hospital to continue its trajectory of excellence across missions.

By - Sep 16th, 2019 08:46 am
Mitchell R. Beckman. Photo courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Mitchell R. Beckman. Photo courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee, Sept. 16, 2019Mitchell R. Beckman has been named Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Froedtert Hospital, effective Sept. 16, 2019.

Beckman will be responsible for the overall fundraising enterprise and will help enable MCW and Froedtert Hospital to continue its trajectory of excellence across missions. He will lead philanthropic efforts, serve as key liaison for alumni relations and the Alumni Association Board, lead the growth of the grateful patient program, oversee development staff and programs, and coordinate all fundraising and stewardship activities. He will collaborate with the senior leadership teams of MCW, Froedtert Hospital and respective boards to create a unified strategy for current and future fundraising campaigns and philanthropic initiatives. He will report jointly to both institutions to enable collaboration around philanthropic efforts.

Beckman has served as Assistant Vice President, The University of Iowa (UI) Center for Advancement, UI Carver College of Medicine/UI Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa) since February 2014. He has had an outstanding 20-year career working in university advancement/development – the vast majority of which has been with UI. He began his development career with the University of Wisconsin Foundation in 1999. In his current role, he is part of the UI Center for Advancement leadership team that raises more than $100 million annually for the UI Health Care enterprise. Additionally, Beckman designed and implemented UI Health Care’s comprehensive grateful-patient philanthropy program, which raises more than $50 million annually from patients and family members.

Mitch earned his Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beckman will be relocating to Milwaukee from Iowa City with his wife, Melissa, and their family.

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement.  More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2016, faculty received more than $184 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,500 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 525,000 patients annually.

Beckman will be responsible for the overall fundraising enterprise and will help enable MCW and Froedtert Hospital to continue its trajectory of excellence across missions. He will lead philanthropic efforts, serve as key liaison for alumni relations and the Alumni Association Board, lead the growth of the grateful patient program, oversee development staff and programs, and coordinate all fundraising and stewardship activities. He will collaborate with the senior leadership teams of MCW, Froedtert Hospital and respective boards to create a unified strategy for current and future fundraising campaigns and philanthropic initiatives. He will report jointly to both institutions to enable collaboration around philanthropic efforts.

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