Susan Dolbert

Susan Dolbert Named Vice President of Development for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Rutgers University Foundation President Nevin Kessler and Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, today announced Susan C. Dolbert has agreed to assume the post of vice president of development, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). She will join the foundation on Sept. 2.

Dolbert will join the foundation on September 2. Her responsibilities will include building a strong development program for RBHS, which consists of eight schools, including two medical schools, a school of nursing, a school of public health, a school of pharmacy, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of dental medicine and a school of health related professions. In addition to the schools, RBHS also includes the Cancer Institute of New Jersey; the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine; the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; and University Behavioral Health Care.

“Susan brings to Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences a unique set of experiences that will help Rutgers strengthen fundraising to support its educational, research and clinical programs,” Kessler said.

Chancellor Strom said Dolbert will be “a key partner in the future of RBHS and the collaboration between RBHS and the entirety of the Rutgers community.”

Dolbert comes to Rutgers after having served as vice president of development for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. While at “The Hutch,” she oversaw all aspects of fundraising activities, including individual giving, planned giving, annual giving and corporate and foundation relations. She launched the center’s patient and family and their physician referral programs.

Previously, Dolbert lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she served as chair of the Department of Development and chief development officer for Mayo Clinic Arizona and as a principal gifts development officer, also for Mayo Clinic Arizona. As chair, Dolbert managed all philanthropic and support functions within the Department of Development.

She served as the executive director and president of the Arizona State University Alumni Association, where she led an interdependent, volunteer-led alumni association with an alumni base of 260,000.

Dolbert holds a doctorate in public administration, a master’s degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies, all from Arizona State University.

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