Executive Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer

A seasoned developmental professional, Dr. Sheryl A. Bourgeois has 30 years of experience in fundraising, advancement, and marketing for nonprofit and educational organizations. Currently executive vice president and chief advancement officer for Chapman University, Dr. Bourgeois oversees an award-winning and diverse team of more than 100 individuals responsible for strategic marketing, communications, development, and career services. While at Chapman, she has helped to raise more than $600 million in philanthropic support and grow Chapman from a liberal-arts college of 2,200 students to a nationally ranked R2 university with a student body verging on 10,000.

The first and youngest of six children to attend college, Dr. Bourgeois earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA, and both her master’s and Ph.D. in higher education and management from the Claremont Graduate University (CGU).

Dr. Bourgeois came to Chapman in 1998 as director of special events, was quickly promoted to director of corporate relations and special events and, later, associate vice president of university advancement. She became vice president of advancement in 2000 and executive vice president in 2007. In 2009, she assumed additional responsibility for and launched a new division dedicated to the university’s strategic marketing and communications efforts; this involved a massive rebranding initiative, resulting in the “Anything Imaginable” campaign. In 2018, she began managing career and professional development.

During her tenure at Chapman, Dr. Bourgeois has been involved in numerous efforts to improve and enhance the university, including capital campaigns, donor-funded endowment growth, and acquisition of the university’s largest, historic pledges, including the naming of five schools and colleges and establishment of three institutes. Dr. Bourgeois is very proud of the role she has played in shaping the concepts of The Chapman Family and the Chapman Experience, which have helped to strengthen institutional pride.

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"Our goal in University Advancement is to facilitate a spectrum of opportunities for all members of our community – students, alumni, parents and friends – to cultivate rewarding, lifelong relationships through engagement with Chapman University.”

Executive Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer Sheryl A. Bourgeois, Ph.D.