University Advancement Leadership

The University Advancement division is lead by Kent Stanley, Vice President for University Advancement.

Kent Stanley, Vice President for University Advancement

Kent StanleyKent Stanley just completed his fourth year as Vice President for University Advancement at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first-year unit realignment of the University Advancement division has already paid off with the school’s biggest three-year run of fundraising in school history.

Prior to Minnesota State Mankato he served as Associate Vice President for Advancement – Athletics & Strategic University Initiatives at Utah State University from 2008-2016. He played a pivotal role in the $200M Honoring Tradition, Securing Our Future comprehensive campaign that reached a final total of $513M.

He served from 2006-2008 as the Director of Athletics at Fort Lewis College (CO), an NCAA DII member institution. He began his athletic administration career at NCAA I-AA Eastern Washington University where he was the Associate Athletic Director –Development from 2001-2006.

At each stop Stanley has overseen record fundraising growth in annual fund giving, major gifts, and endowments while managing transformational capital projects; from major renovations to new buildings. He has been a creative adopter of the use of technology in donor relations; from video e-mail to digital magazines to photo vaults. An innovative fundraiser he has pioneered “Teams Model” annual funds, created hybrid funds, and developed highly successful donor identification and acquisition tools. Stanley has been personally involved in successful fundraising solicitations of over $200M during his career.

Known as an energetic presenter at some of the industries’ premier events including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) national seminars, Meeting of the Minds (West Coast and Midwest), National Association of Athletic Director’s of Development (NACDA & NAADD) Convention, and Paciolan’s PACNet. Stanley also teaches the fundamentals of fundraising, advancement leadership, and Foundation Board management as a consultant.

Stanley spent the first part of his career as a faculty member and basketball coach. He is a two-time National Coach of the Year leading his 1999 and 2000 women’s basketball teams at Oklahoma City University to National Championships. He coached in over 30 countries working with men’s and women’s pro clubs and national team programs in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Stanley grew up in a logging town in northern British Columbia, and became the first member of his family to attend college. Stanley earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and physical education from Trinity Western University and then earned his graduate degree from Fresno State in athletic administration. He is a 2018 graduate of the Institute for Education Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

As a multi-sport collegiate student-athlete he was a two-year basketball team captain and the career assist record holder upon graduation. He was recently honored by his alma mater by being included in a hardcover University alumni publication profiling “40 Alumni Who Make a Difference.”

Stanley and his wife Hollie, a higher education administrator, have been married 33 years and have two children. Zach (21), is a junior at Minnesota State Mankato, and Mikayla (18), a freshman at Cedarville University (OH).