CARRIE COLLINS, JD, PHD
Chief Advancement Officer
Carrie Collins, JD, PhD, is the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) for the Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her role as CAO, Collins provides leadership for
the College’s fundraising and alumni relations programs for both campuses. In her
first fiscal year at PCOM, she recruited and retained an outstanding team, whose work
led to a 34 percent increase in total commitments over the previous fiscal year; last
year saw a 29 percent increase.
Most recently, Collins served as the vice president for institutional advancement
at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. During her tenure at USciences, Collins
had direct oversight of the Division of Institutional Advancement, including the offices
of Development and Alumni Relations. She drove the department’s advancement strategies
by engaging in cultivation and significantly increasing solicitation across university
constituents. She secured several major and planned gift commitments and led the first
major fundraising event on USciences’ campus, which well exceeded its financial goal.
Prior to her appointment at USciences, she served as executive director of gift planning
and stewardship at Duquesne University where she raised millions of dollars in gift
commitments, built an effective and successful gift-planning operation, and created
an award-winning stewardship program.
Before moving into the field of higher education, Collins worked as a corporate and
estate attorney. Her legal practice focused on start-up companies, venture capital
financing, private placement debt and equity financing and issues related to formation,
ownership structure and intellectual property.
Collins received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s
degree from Duquesne University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh
School of Law. Collins also received her PhD in Leadership from University of the
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law Board of Visitors, member, 2016-present
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) - appointed to CASE Commission
on Philanthropy, 2015-2018; District II Chief Advancement Officers Forum Executive
- Union League of Philadelphia, member
- Journal of Education Advancement and Marketing, Editorial Board member