Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
As Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Dr. Lisa Cauda has been the architect of the largest two fundraising campaigns in RIT’s history and under her leadership, the university has raised more than $540 million in philanthropic support. Dr. Cauda has served RIT since 2000 and was named vice president for development and alumni relations in July 2006 following the successful completion of the university’s capital campaign which ultimately surpassed its $300 million goal.
Working closely with her senior leadership, her partners across the campus and the Board of Trustees, Dr. Cauda oversees campus-wide fundraising initiatives, major campaigns, annual giving, as well as principal and major gift fundraising. She also works closely with the RIT Alumni Association Board of Directors, together fostering and advancing the RIT for Life commitment and guiding the engagement and activities of the university’s 121,000 alumni worldwide. Under her leadership, RIT’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations has doubled in size, growing to more than 100 employees. Dr. Cauda manages an annual fundraising goal of $35 million and a working annual budget of $11 million.
Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Cauda spent eight years at Stevens Institute of Technology, ultimately serving as assistant vice president of development and campaign director. At Stevens, Dr. Cauda led the development efforts of two successful campaigns, managing corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, research and the annual fund.
Dr. Cauda earned a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in corporate and public communications from Seton Hall University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.