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Loyola names two new assistant vice presidents for advancement

| By Rita Buettner
Brian Oakes and Joanne Dolan Loyola University Maryland

As Loyola University Maryland works toward completing its $100 million Bright Minds, Bold Hearts campaign, the University has named two new assistant vice presidents for advancement: JoAnne Dolan and Brian Oakes.

Dolan, who comes to Loyola from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she is assistant vice president, principal gifts, will oversee major gifts, including corporate and foundation relations and planned giving. Brian Oakes, who is director of development for Loyola College, Loyola’s school of arts and sciences, will oversee advancement events, advancement services, alumni relations, annual giving, and donor relations. They begin in their roles on Sept. 19.

“We are strengthening our talented and dedicated advancement team by welcoming JoAnne and Brian into these roles to provide critical leadership at this pivotal time in Loyola’s history,” said Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., vice president for advancement. “I look forward to seeing how Loyola will benefit from their leadership, their insight, and their passion for the many opportunities advancement offers to those who want to make meaningful gifts to our community.”

JoAnne Dolan
Dolan has more than 25 years of demonstrated successful performance in academic medicine and educational environments, including at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she led the school through two capital campaigns, and Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, Md. At The George Washington University, Dolan is responsible for overseeing the principal gifts program focusing on high-level prospects with the capacity to make gifts of $1 million or more.

“I’m very excited to be joining the team at Loyola for several reasons,” said Dolan, who grew up in Lewistown, Pa., and moved to Baltimore after graduating with a B.A. in English and art history from Bucknell University. “The first is Terry Sawyer who brings a fresh perspective, a strong sense of leadership and a real passion for the institution. The second is Loyola's reputation and mission. And the third reason is the campaign. It's always rewarding to join an institution when it is in a campaign. Campaigns help an organization really focus on its purpose, mission and its strategic plan. It helps define where the university wants to go and how it’s going to get there. The campaign is in its final 20 months, and I am looking forward to helping Loyola achieve success by reaching its goal.”

Dolan, who also has a Teacher’s Certification in English from Towson University and a Master’s of Administrative Science from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, also mentioned her meeting with Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., the advancement staff, and other Loyola leaders as a significant factor in her attraction to Loyola.

“I was so impressed with everyone’s deep commitment and passion,” Dolan said. “You cannot do this work without everybody being engaged in a sense of shared responsibility. It truly does take a village to attract meaningful support. One person doesn’t do it alone. It takes the entire community being a true team. I really felt strongly that everybody at Loyola embodied that sense of partnership.”

Dolan started pursuing her certified financial planner degree last year. She has sung with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus for more than a decade and is a founding member of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, a semi-professional chamber vocal ensemble.

“I look forward to coming back to an environment that has a very strong mission and a strong sense of community commitment, which I really value,” she said.

Brian Oakes, ’99, MBA ’10
A 1999 graduate of Loyola who earned his MBA from Loyola in 2010, Oakes has served as the director of development for Loyola College since September 2012. Prior to that, he provided innovative leadership for more than four years as director of alumni relations.

“What I love most is having those conversations with alumni and parents about the impact that their philanthropy can have at Loyola—and supporting scholarships is a powerful way for people to give back,” he said. “It is a wonderful feeling knowing that I’ve been part of a team here at Loyola that has helped make Loyola more affordable to future alumni. Because I went to Loyola, giving back through my work here is especially meaningful to me.”

Oakes came to Loyola 11 years ago to be a coordinator of event planning and marketing.

“When I first returned to Loyola as an employee, I was so excited to be back on campus and to be an active member of the Loyola community,” Oakes said. “Over the years I have come to appreciate being able to work at a place that lives out and mirrors my personal values.”

As a Loyola student, Oakes majored in communication with a focus on public relations and spent a year abroad in Leuven, Belgium.

“We were thrust into this different culture, and while I was there, I traveled to 15 different countries,” said Oakes, who lives in Baltimore with his wife and three daughters. “It was a wonderful example of taking your Jesuit education and spreading it beyond the Loyola community, beyond campus.”

Oakes also serves as a mentor through Loyola’s Messina program, which introduces first-year students to the intellectual and social life of the University as well as Baltimore. He has particularly enjoyed being a part of the Loyola community as the University has added Messina, renovated Donnelly Science Center, made significant investments in the Baltimore community—particularly on York Road—and opened Ridley Athletic Complex.

“My experience as an undergrad and graduate student, plus my time in advancement events, alumni relations, and as a major gifts office has given me the background and experience to be successful in this new role. I am excited for this new challenge and the opportunity to keep giving back to my alma mater.”

Bright Minds, Bold Hearts is Loyola’s comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million to support strategic academic, service, and experiential programs and initiatives at the University. The total raised to date is nearly $73 million. 

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