A key administrator in the advancement and development of Boston College for the last decade, Vice President for Development Thomas Lockerby will leave the University in June to assume a new role at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.
Lockerby came to BC in 2004, first serving as the associate vice president for gift planning before being named to his current position in 2008. Having spent his entire career in the field of consulting on major or planned gift fundraising, some of Lockerby’s previous positions include director of gift planning at Dartmouth College and director of development relations at Harvard Business School.
As of June 1, Lockerby will become secretary of the Academy at Phillips Andover, where he will oversee the Office of Academy Resources, according to the BC Office of News and Public Affairs. The office is responsible for development and alumni communications and engagement.
In a press release from Phillips Andover, Lockerby said he is “deeply honored” to be joining the Academy.
“I have long had great admiration for Andover, and as I have come to know its students, faculty, staff and administration, I have learned how special the community is,” he said.
Speaking to the Office of News and Public Affairs, Lockerby expressed his appreciation for those with whom he worked closely at BC, such as University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., and Senior Vice President for University Advancement Jim Husson.
“While I am very excited about the new horizons at Andover, I will miss my colleagues at Boston College,” Lockerby said. “In the past 10 years, I have been introduced to the treasure of Jesuit education and have been the recipient of many acts of friendship and kindness. I appreciate the opportunities that Father Leahy and Jim Husson have given me, and I wish the very best for BC as it continues its amazing path forward.”
While at BC, Lockerby has been instrumental in the Light the World campaign-the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Jesuit, Catholic education-as it seeks to raise $1.5 billion for University development by 2015. Under Lockerby’s direction, the campaign has raised over $1 billion from more than 100,000 donors since its launch in 2008.
The campaign’s central goals include improving undergraduate financial aid, expanding volunteer service at BC, funding new building projects, and supporting endowed professorships. Light the World also hopes to increase alumni and legacy giving.
“Campaign gifts go to support the entire University,” Lockerby told The Heights in January 2013. “Our effort is to match each donor’s passion with a particular aspect of the University that means the most to them, because BC is such a complex and vibrant place.”
In addition to his work at BC, Lockerby is the chairperson of the board of directors for the Polaris Project-an organization that fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery-and serves on the board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.