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Dave Wilber ’68
Senior Director of Gift Planning
1. What is your role as part of the Development/Alumni Relations team?
I joined the Development team to encourage alumni to support the College. As a 1968 graduate, I know what made Lake Forest special to alumni from the ’60’s, ’70’s and ’80’s. In talking with them, I share information about the College and how the curriculum and programs provide the tools for today’s students to be successful in a competitive world. As Senior Director of Gift Planning, I help alumni find ways to support the College at higher levels than they had expected through bequests and other types of planned gifts. I also work with the Alumni Office on outreach activities, especially reunions.
2. What excites you about your work?
Being able to give back to Lake Forest in a meaningful way. Nancy and I were scholarship students. The College gave us the financial aid to attend and the knowledge and skills to be successful in life. Years after graduation, we still feel a strong sense of family and community that is re-energized every time we visit the campus or connect with classmates. How better to repay this gift than to help make it available to others?
3. What is your relationship to the College?
I am an alumnus and married to a classmate. I chose Lake Forest because I wanted a small, liberal arts college outside of New England. Fifty years later, I get the same thrill walking through the Harlan/Blackstone gates that I felt in the fall of 1964.
4. How many years have you worked for the College?
Officially, only one. Unofficially, over thirty. I spent my career in development and external relations for colleges and universities. Beginning with our early class reunions, I have been involved with class reunion activities. The class of 1968 holds records for both attendance and class gifts for every major reunion. I am proud to have had a role in that, although it never seemed like work.
5. One ‘did you know’ fact about yourself:
Nancy and I met freshman year in the college choir. For the past thirty years, we have had a second career as semi-professional jazz and pop singers. We have performed from Cape Cod to Palm Beach; Chicago to Carmel and Monterey; the French Riviera and Budapest. Professor Bowen from the Music department would be astounded!