Penelepe C. Hunt

Penny Hunt is a professional fundraiser, teacher, management consultant and executive coach with over twenty-five years of experience in the development field.

Penny is the Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She heads a comprehensive development program that includes seventeen schools and units, a central development office, and a comprehensive medical center. Penny works closely with UIC�s chancellor, deans and senior campus leaders to build UIC�s philanthropy programs. She led the campus� recent $650 million campaign, which exceeded its goal by $26 million. She manages a staff of 95, and has instituted an ongoing three-tier faculty training program. She is also appointed as Senior Vice President at the University of Illinois Foundation. During Penny�s eight years at UIC, annual new philanthropic commitments have more than doubled.

In her private practice, Penny specializes in training, executive coaching and professional development for boards, presidents, deans and other senior leaders, and development staff. Her clients have include a wide variety of universities and organizations. She also serves as a principal with the Woolbright Group, a development consulting firm. She is a frequent faculty member for CASE, and has been awarded the prestigious Steuben Apple for excellence in teaching. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at North Park University. Her book, Development for Academic Leaders, a Practical Guide to Fundraising Success, will be published by Jossey-Bass in the fall of 2012.

Prior to joining UIC, Penny spent thirteen years at Northwestern University, where she directed the university�s $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign. As associate vice president for development, she led Campaign Northwestern to a final total of $1.55 billion, making it one of the most successful campaigns in higher education. While directing the campaign, she also managed the major gift operations of seven schools and the university art museum. In previous assignments at Northwestern, Penny directed the Campaign for Scholarships and managed the university annual giving program.

She has served as director of development for the Des Moines Art Center, acting director of development for the Illinois Arts Alliance, and director of annual giving for Pomona College.

Penny earned a BA in English from Pomona College, and an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.