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Higher Education

Our team has extensive expertise in college and university philanthropy and advancement. We are committed to providing comprehensive services in major gifts, annual fund, alumni affairs and community relations.

Why Ashley | Rountree

Why Ashley | Rountree?

Value of Good People

The Value of Good People In Development

We Understand the Challenges You Face

The traditional paradigm of American higher education is rapidly changing. Today’s campus leaders increasingly face mounting issues of adaptability and sustainability as they attempt to adjust their campuses to new and emerging realities. Adapting to those new realities sometimes require assistance from highly experienced and objective external professionals who understand those challenges and have demonstrated success in meeting them.

That’s where we can help you.

Ashley | Rountree and Associates is committed to helping you preserve your institution’s vital mission and its impact upon the world in an ever-changing academic landscape. We recognize that enhanced financial resources, good governance, inspired strategic direction, and administrative best practices each contribute to organizational sustainability at a time where existential threats are real. Sometimes this requires deep organizational change. Such change is often best facilitated through objective, outside counsel.

What We Bring to the Table

Every college and university is unique. Because true organizational change must account for the features that make your institution different from all the others, we do not employ “cookie-cutter” or template solutions in addressing your challenges. We tailor our services to your particular needs and goals after first obtaining a full understanding of what makes your college different. These challenges now facing our nation’s colleges and universities are most acute in the small, independent college sector. Our services are predominantly focused on behalf of this important group of institutions because of their singular role in American higher education, and the need to reinforce their vital mission to society at large. The professionals at Ashley | Rountree and Associates enjoy extensive successful experience working in this sector and share your commitment to the independent college sector’s sustainability. And because of our creative organizational structure and low operational overhead, we offer attractive affordability to our clients.

Meet our team of Higher Education Experts

Jeff Ashley

Jeffrey L. Ashley
Founder, President & Senior Consultant

With over 25 years of leadership giving fundraising experience, Jeff has assisted numerous organizations in raising over $500 million throughout his career. Previously he served as Vice President for University Advancement for Spalding University in Louisville, raising $15.3 million in its first capital campaign. As Director of Major Gifts for the University of Louisville's "Challenge for Excellence" Campaign, he played a leadership role in directing the silent and public phases of the campaign that raised over $340 million on a $200 million goal.

Dr. Richard Dorman

Dr. Richard Dorman
Senior Consultant

Rick Dorman recently retired as President of Westminster College, where he presided over the College’s largest and most successful capital campaign, where he and his national campaign committee raised $52 million on a $40 million goal. A member and elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rick served as president of the APCU in 2014-15. Rick is co-author of the best-selling higher education management book, Academic Leadership and Governance in Higher Education.

Mark Rountree

Mark W. Rountree
Vice President, Partner & Senior Consultant

Mark Rountree has made a career in development and institutional advancement for over 30 years, serving as both a consultant and development officer for educational, cultural and health organizations. Mark previously served as Vice President and Senior Consultant at RuffaloCODY (now Ruffalo Noel Levitz), where he supported a large list of higher education clients with their annual fund campaigns including: Indiana University, Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Butler University and University of Cincinnati.

Mimi Ward

Mimi Ward
Senior Consultant

Mimi brings more than 30 years of extensive fund-raising expertise and experience across a broad range of areas including annual fund, major gifts, planned giving and capital campaigns. As Senior Development Director of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Kentucky, she led the team in increasing its endowment and planned gifts by almost $5 million, while meeting annual fund goals of up to $2 million per year.

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