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 Ph.D. in Leadership from University of the Cumberlands.