Message from leadership
Michael C. Eicher, an accomplished leader in higher education development and external affairs, began as senior vice president for advancement at The Ohio State University and president of The Ohio State University Foundation in November 2012.
As senior vice president for advancement, Mr. Eicher is responsible for the implementation of a university-wide advancement model, integrating the functions of alumni relations, communications and marketing, and fundraising to best serve Ohio State’s vision of One University. Together with the staff of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, University Communications, and the Foundation, he will work to foster positive relationships with students, alumni, and other key audiences; provide multiple opportunities for engagement; and generate involvement and support for the mission of The Ohio State University.
Mr. Eicher is also leading the charge to close the university’s But for Ohio State campaign as president of The Ohio State University Foundation. Under his direction, the colleges and units of Ohio State will focus on raising funds to support five priorities: placing students first; elevating faculty and the academic enterprise; creating modern learning environments; emboldening the research agenda; and driving high impact innovation.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Mr. Eicher was senior vice president for external affairs and development at Johns Hopkins University beginning in 2006. In addition to being responsible for attracting private financial support for the university and Johns Hopkins Medicine and for strengthening Johns Hopkins' relationships with alumni and other supporters, Mr. Eicher was responsible for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, which tells the Johns Hopkins story to audiences on and off campus, through traditional and new media, in print, on video, and online.
While at Johns Hopkins, Mr. Eicher led the Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World campaign. That effort, which closed at the end of 2008 with commitments of more than $3.7 billion, focused on the critical unmet needs of the university and Johns Hopkins Medicine, including student aid and faculty support, construction of clinical buildings at the medical campus, and important renovation projects.
Beginning in 1998, Mr. Eicher served as vice chancellor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Starting with UCLA in 1986, he rose from associate director of development in the School of Medicine to deputy director and director, and from there to vice provost for medical science development, and assistant and associate vice chancellor. Campaign UCLA, a 10-year effort completed in 2005, ultimately raised $3.05 billion, then a record for U.S. universities according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Mr. Eicher graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 1979. He and his wife, Inez, have two grown children.