University hires EVP of alumni and development


Rachel Render. Courtesy Davenport University

A local university has named a new executive to drive alumni engagement and increase philanthropic support.

Rachel Render will begin her role as EVP of alumni and development at Davenport University in April, according to the school this week.

Render is replacing Peg Luy, who retired from the role in January after six years.

“I am incredibly impressed by the mission and vision of Davenport, and I look forward to helping the university to continue to grow in its core mission of transforming communities and changing lives through higher education,” Render said.

Most recently, Render was a senior director for the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, working with alumni and donors in New York City and Chicago.

Previously, Render worked for the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where she led the completion of the $65-million Rice Centennial Campaign.

She has also served in assistant and associate director roles in development and alumni relations at the University of Michigan for eight years, primarily within the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

“Rachel is a dynamic and innovative leader who has a profound capacity for building relationships and supporting a university’s vision for growth,” said Richard Pappas, president, Davenport University.

“She will be instrumental in helping Davenport University further its mission of transforming the lives of our students by preparing them for the world’s fastest-growing careers.”

She holds a B.S. in business administration from Central Michigan University.

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