New VP for Advancement Drawn to Loyola’s Jesuit Tradition
When Megan Gillick was growing up in Arlington, Va., “Jesuit” was a household word.
The journey began when her father left Long Island to study law at Georgetown University. As a child, Gillick attended Mass with her family at the District’s Jesuit parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. And, before she accepted her most recent position at Oregon State University, Gillick’s career led her to advancement work at Georgetown.
Now that Jesuit thread has led Gillick home—to the East Coast, to the Baltimore/Washington area, and to the University founded by the Society of Jesus in a city she remembers well. In July Gillick assumed her new role as vice president for advancement for Loyola University Maryland.
“The more I learned about Loyola, and the more I got involved in the process, the more excited I was about the position, for a long list of reasons,” said Gillick, a Colgate University graduate selected through a nationwide search. “I went to a small liberal arts school, I have always had a special place in my heart for Baltimore, and the opportunity to return to a Jesuit school was the icing on the cake.”
As vice president for advancement, Gillick leads the University’s fundraising efforts and oversees the offices of annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, advancement events, advancement communications, and advancement services.
“It just seems as if everything is in place for the school to take off,” said Gillick. “You have great leadership. Then, you have the strategic plan and a great balance between what we can do with existing resources and what we will do with future resources. This is such a pivotal time for the school and the best is yet to come.”