Jeri Patricia Gabbert, who has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, special events, and alumni relations, leads the Office of University Advancement and External Affairs, previously known as the Office of External Relations.
She serves as the chief development, communications and marketing officer and strategist for the IU Northwest campus. In her role, Gabbert is responsible for providing leadership and initiative in the planning, implementation and administration of the campus’s fundraising, alumni relations, special events, and communication and marketing programs.
“Jeri Pat is an accomplished higher education advancement and development leader with extensive experience in identifying donor prospects, soliciting and securing funds, managing an alumni engagement program, and supporting senior leadership,” Chancellor William J. Lowe said. “She will be a terrific asset and addition to our campus. I welcome her to IU Northwest, and to the campus’s senior leadership team.
Prior to her role at Valparaiso University, Gabbert served as Director of Fundraising and Operations for the Marion County Democratic Party; as Deputy Director at the Indiana Arts Commission; and as Media and Event Coordinator at the Indiana Department of Commerce.
She earned her Master of Arts from Ball State University in Communication Liberal Arts and Sciences, her Bachelor of Arts from Hanover College in Communication Studies, and her certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2009.