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Philip Hood

Vice President for External Relations and Secretary of the College

1. What is your role as part of the development and alumni relations team?

As Vice President, I’m responsible for the College’s fundraising, communication, and stewardship activities as well as the engagement of its alumni, parents, and friends. I work closely with the President and the senior leadership team. Additionally, in my role as Secretary of the College, I support the Board of Trustees in their governance responsibilities.

2. What excites you about your work at Lake Forest College?

I believe an institution of higher learning will only be as good as the quality of its faculty. Lake Forest College is world class in this regard.  Combine this with a highly diverse and intellectually curious student body and you have the ingredients for a very special learning community. I have the privilege to work with the alumni, parents, and friends of the College who choose to support the teaching and learning that take place here.  What could be better?


3. Describe your relationship with the College.

Like so many of our alumni, my first contact from Lake Forest College was Spike Gummere. Soon after I met with President Steve Schutt and the rest is history. I had been fortunate to work at a Big Ten university as well as a leading healthcare organization. I’m a product of the liberal arts, however. The opportunity to work and lead at a place like Lake Forest College is so compelling. At larger organizations donor support is too often lost in the shuffle. At Lake Forest College our donors get to see their support at work in the lives of our faculty and students everyday.  Here I get to work in an environment that is professionally and personally satisfying. I’m glad I took Spike’s call!

4. How many years have you worked at the College?

Four years. I just celebrated my work anniversary on July 15. 

5. One “did you know” fact about yourself:

I was a NCAA Division III athlete as a pitcher for the Luther College baseball team. 

6. Anything else you want our donors to know?

I’m married with two children and two yellow labs. We reside in nearby Lake Bluff where I also happen to be Vice President of the local Board of Education. I enjoy playing golf, reading political biographies, experiencing Broadway theatre, and following my kids activities. 

One more thing…if you haven’t been to campus in the last ten years you should make the time to come back at Homecoming. There’s nothing better than a fall weekend in Lake Forest and you will not believe the transformation of the campus.