Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development
With three decades of experience in fundraising and alumni relations, Fred is the university's chief fundraiser, overseeing a team of some 360 members responsible for building alumni engagement worldwide and securing private support from individuals and institutions for the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses.
Before joining Cornell in January of 2016, Fred Van Sickle served for two years as chief development officer at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he led the completion of a $212 million campaign. Prior to his work at IAS, Van Sickle served Columbia University for 12 years, occupying three leadership roles, including executive vice president for University Development and Alumni Relations. He oversaw outreach to Columbia’s alumni worldwide and played a pivotal role in planning, executing, and completing Columbia $6.1 billion campaign. He has also served as associate vice president for development and assistant dean for development for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, vice president for alumni and development and secretary of the College at Lake Forest College (his undergraduate alma mater), and director of Principal Gifts at Princeton University.