Michael C. Eicher leads efforts to realize the full power and potential of The Ohio State University through complete integration and synthesis of the work of communications and marketing, alumni relations and fundraising. He joined the university in fall 2012 and brings nearly three decades of higher education experience to his role as Ohio State’s senior vice president for Advancement and president of The Ohio State University Foundation. Mr. Eicher works to turn the vision of One University into reality by engaging more than 500,000 alumni, sharing the institution’s most compelling stories and expanding private philanthropy to support the university’s core priorities.
Mr. Eicher led the charge to raise $2.5 billion in the university’s But for Ohio State Campaign. Under his direction, the university’s colleges and units raised a record $3 billion to support five priorities: placing students first, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, creating modern learning environments, emboldening the research agenda and driving high-impact innovation.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Mr. Eicher served for six years as senior vice president for external affairs and development at Johns Hopkins University, where he led the Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World Campaign. That effort, which closed at the end of 2008 with commitments of more than $3.7 billion, focused on student aid and faculty support, construction of clinical buildings at the medical campus and important renovation projects.
Mr. Eicher began his career in higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he rose from associate director of development in the School of Medicine to deputy director and director, and from there to vice provost for medical science development, then assistant and associate vice chancellor. Under his leadership as vice chancellor, Campaign UCLA, a 10-year effort completed in 2005, ultimately raised $3.05 billion, then a record for U.S. universities according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Mr. Eicher graduated from the University of California, San Diego. He and his wife, Inez, have two grown children.