WILLIAM A. TORREY
Bill Torrey has worked in higher education administration for 36 years. At Bucknell University he served as Director of Annual Giving and as a Capital Campaign Associate, helping to build an aggressive annual giving program and assisting in the planning and implementation of Bucknell's first six figure capital campaigns.
After several years building and running his own private business in Philadelphia in the 1980's he joined Staley/Robeson, a national fund raising consulting firm, where he consulted with non-profits and served as campaign director for several capital campaigns.
In 1988 he began a 24 year career at Bowdoin College. He was hired as director of development to build a major gifts program at the College and became Vice President for Development at Bowdoin in 1991 at the age of 37. He went on to become Vice President for Planning and Development and then Senior Vice President for Planning and Development & Secretary of the College. He led Bowdoin's development program for 20 years. During that time he directed campaigns and programs which raised over $700 million in gifts and the College's endowment increased from $150 million to over $900 million during that period. During his tenure, Bill oversaw not only development and alumni affairs, but had additional responsibilities for institutional planning, facilities management and construction, trustee affairs, and communications and public affairs.
Following Bowdoin in 2011, Bill became a part-time consultant at Bentley University for their Advancement Office - charged with assessing their Advancement operation and outlining a strategic plan for its restructuring. He accepted the job of Vice President for University Advancement and led the process of restructuring himself. He served in that position for six years, overseeing development, career services, and the university's center for women and business. In 2017, after retiring as vice president for advancement he became assistant secretary of the corporation and worked with the presidential search committee and led the internal transition process for the new presidency of Alison Davis-Blake. Having completed a six-month residency at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, where he worked with senior leadership to strengthen the University's advancement program, he is back working with clients from his base in Portland, Maine.
Bill Torrey has served as a trustee and led numerous community organizations, including Waynflete School, the Portland (ME) Stage Company, Maine State Music Theatre, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Mid Coast Hospital, and the Brunswick Economic Development Corporation.
He received both his B.A. and M.S.Ed. from Bucknell University and has taught and lectured around the globe on non profit educational strategic planning and institutional advancement.
He lives in Portland, Maine.
PEYTON R. HELM
Randy Helm has worked in higher education administration for almost 40 years. At the University of Pennsylvania he served as Coordinator of College House Programs, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences, and eventually Director of Development for the School of Arts and Sciences, helping lay the groundwork for Penn’s billion-dollar capital campaign.
He subsequently served Colby College for fifteen years first as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and ultimately as Vice President for College Relations, with responsibility for fundraising, alumni relations, communications, and public relations. He directed the College’s successful $150-million campaign, which secured more than five times the amount of Colby’s previous campaign.
From 2003-2015 Randy served as the eleventh President of Muhlenberg College, where he led two successful strategic planning processes and an ambitious diversity planning process in addition to completing a capital campaign that increased the College’s endowment from $70 million to $250 million, and completed new athletic facilities, a renovated and expanded science complex, new residence halls, and a major addition to the student union. His most important work at Muhlenberg focused on governance, Board-building, and the creation of processes for regular departmental assessment. Upon his retirement in 2015 he was awarded the title of President Emeritus and Professor of History Emeritus by the College’s Trustees.
In 2016 he accepted a fifteen-month interim appointment as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he focused on building the fundraising capacity of the institution, strengthening the admissions and enrollment efforts, encouraging the creation of a responsibility-centered budgeting system, and governance issues.
His professional service has included terms on the Boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Columbia Gorge Community College, and the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors. As a volunteer for CASE, he chaired the Summer Institute for Newcomers in Development, the Winter Institute for Senior Development Professionals, and conferences focused on Major Gifts fundraising, Stewardship, Ethics, and other topics in development in the United States, Canada, England, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In 2002 he received CASE’s Crystal Apple for consistently high ratings as a speaker and teacher, and has led development workshops for presidents for the Association of Governing Boards (AGB). He has written widely on topics related to institutional advancement and higher education, including the chapter on “The President, the Alumni, and Fund-Raising” in Out in Front: The College President as the Face of the Institution (Lawrence Weill, ed. ACE Series on Higher Education) and the AGB handbook on institutional advancement. He also serves as a judge for the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change grant program.
Randy majored in archaeology at Yale (BA, 1970), from which he graduated magna cum laude, and earned his PhD in ancient history at the University of Pennsylvania (1980). He has taught undergraduate courses in ancient history at Penn, Colby, and Muhlenberg.
He lives in Hood River, Oregon.