New VP for Institutional Advancement
In late April, Josh Walter became Lewis & Clark’s new vice president for institutional advancement. For the last decade, he has ascended through the development ranks at Claremont McKenna College (CMC)in Claremot, California, where he most recently served as director of leadership giving.
At CMC, Walter was charged with developing and implementing programs for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all major gift donors. He previously worked in both annual giving and alumni relations at CMC. Walter also led the CMC Student Imperative, which raised more than $100 million in gifts and pledges for scholarships and financial aid. He was an integral part of CMC’s recent comprehensive campaign that yielded more than $600 million over seven years.
“I have long known and admired Lewis & Clark,” says Walter. “My first experience at the college was as a child attending camps, and I have seen the college as a leading liberal arts institution in the Northwest and our country. I look forward to meeting the amazing community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends from Lewis & Clark’s three schools.”
A sixth-generation Oregonian, Walter grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and his childhood included time on a farm near Salem, as well as residence in metropolitan Portland. Prior to embarking on his career in fundraising, Walter served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor’s degree in government and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.