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University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints Associate Dean for Development

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Brian J. DeFilippis, M.S.
 Brian J. DeFilippis, M.S.

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed Brian J. DeFilippis, M.S., as the new associate dean for development and chief development officer.

In his new role, Mr. DeFilippis will oversee the fundraising enterprise of the School of Medicine, while remaining in his position as special assistant to the dean. He has served as acting associate dean since November 2011.

"Development is a critical component of the School of Medicine, enabling and supporting our mission as a top-tier research, patient care and educational institution,” says Dean Reece, who also is vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the School of Medicine. “Without the generosity of donors, achieving our ambitious goals of advancing medical science and improving human health would not be possible. Mr. DeFilippis has exceeded my expectations during his temporary role, proving himself to be an outstanding leader and the ideal candidate to advance the Office of Development and this entire institution.”

As associate dean for development, Mr. DeFilippis will oversee the entire development staff. He will be charged with broadening the School of Medicine’s donor base, strengthening relationships with existing donors and identifying areas of need within the institution by working closely with department chairs and the directors of programs, institutes and centers. In his new role, Mr. DeFilippis will direct the School of Medicine’s current capital campaign, “Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination,” to achieve its $500 million goal in its final three years. He also will lead fundraising for the School of Medicine's Health Sciences Facility III Biomedical Research Building, a planned facility that will add much-needed laboratory and office space to the School of Medicine’s West Baltimore campus.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected for this very important post at the School of Medicine,” says Mr. DeFilippis. “My passion for this institution runs very deep, and it is my plan to build a development program that compliments the explosive growth and tremendous success experienced more broadly by the School of Medicine, especially in recent years. Obviously, the overarching goal is to secure ever-increasing levels of private support to reward our exceptional faculty members and talented medical students. In order to do that, we will need to strengthen existing relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, and staff and cultivate new relationships with influential and affluent individuals who wish to ensure that our institution maintains its outstanding reputation.”

Mr. DeFilippis has served as special assistant to Dean Reece since January 2011, providing in-depth support to the dean’s office. On behalf of the dean, he has worked closely with the Office of Government and Community Affairs, the city, the state and U.S. elected officials. He has led a team of 10 in producing the dean’s annual State of the School of Medicine Address, a report to the School of Medicine community featuring the accomplishments and progress of the school during the previous year.

Mr. DeFilippis earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Elizabethtown College in Elizabeth, Penn., in 1997, and a masters of science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1999. He began a long and robust career in development in 1999 by first working in the Office of Philanthropy at the University of Maryland Medical System as assistant director. Subsequently in 2000, he joined the Georgetown University School of Medicine as director of medical annual funds. He then returned to the University of Maryland to become director of development in the School of Medicine until 2007.

He joined Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, as assistant vice chancellor for medical alumni and development through 2010. There, he worked closely with colleagues to develop the school’s overall strategy for alumni and development activities, including managing the office and coordinating the work of 13 staff members.

“This is a premier medical institution, and we must have an equally successful Office of Development that can secure private support to fuel this institution's vision for the future,” says Dean Reece. “I am confident that Mr. DeFilippis will provide the leadership necessary to reach and exceed our goals for achieving that vision.”

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