William A. Reidy Named as Vice President of Advancement
William A. Reidy has been named Sacred Heart University’s vice president for University Advancement. In this role, he will be responsible for planning, initiating, directing, reporting and evaluating all fundraising activities for the University from private and public sources. He will also supervise the division of University Advancement, which includes the development and alumni relations offices. Reidy will serve as the University’s chief ambassador to the community and will work closely with other members of the senior leadership team and with trustees.
“I’m most looking forward to building new relationships, strengthening those we have and inviting more people to be active members of our community,” said Reidy. “I have already had the opportunity to meet several passionate and generous donors and friends who make SHU a philanthropic priority in their lives. They are great people who give so selflessly in support of others.”
Reidy is a fundraising and development professional with more than 12 years of experience in every aspect of the field. Since 2008, he has served as managing director of Changing Our World, Inc.—a leading international fundraising consulting firm. He has worked with clients such as St. John’s University, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Catholic Alumni Partnership and the Diocese of Trenton. Prior to Changing Our World, he served as director of development for the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.
Reidy also has been serving as a consultant to Sacred Heart University’s Office of Advancement. In that role, he has executed a detailed feasibility study for a comprehensive capital campaign and recommended a strategy based on increased alumni participation and major gift solicitations. SHU’s University Advancement team used those materials to garner several significant gifts during the opening months of the campaign.
“When there are energetic, smart and hard-working people who passionately work to build a University, great things can happen,” said Reidy. “Sacred Heart has a tremendous opportunity to continue building meaningful relationships with alumni and friends that will only add to the support we can provide to our faculty and students.”
Reidy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.