Tuesday Oct 16, 2012
Gabbert, who has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, special events, and alumni relations, will lead the Office of University Advancement and External Affairs, previously known as the Office of External Relations.
She will serve as the chief development, communications and marketing officer and strategist for the IU Northwest campus. In her role, Gabbert will be responsible for providing leadership and initiative in the planning, implementation and administration of the campus’s fundraising, alumni relations, special events, and communication and marketing programs.
“Jeri Pat is an accomplished higher education advancement and development leader with extensive experience in identifying donor prospects, soliciting and securing funds, managing an alumni engagement program, and supporting senior leadership,” Chancellor William J. Lowe said. “She will be a terrific asset and addition to our campus. I welcome her to IU Northwest, and to the campus’s senior leadership team.”
“I am honored to be a part of this great institution and the IU Northwest family,” Gabbert said. “I very much look forward to working with faculty, staff and students to build upon new and established relationships, and to further strengthen the campus’s ties with the community.”
Prior to her role at Valparaiso University, Gabbert served as Director of Fundraising and Operations for the Marion County Democratic Party; as Deputy Director at the Indiana Arts Commission; and as Media and Event Coordinator at the Indiana Department of Commerce.
She earned her Master of Arts from Ball State University in Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences, her Bachelor of Arts from Hanover College in Communication Studies, and her certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2009.