Lisa D. Calvert
Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement
Lisa D. Calvert is vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement of the Texas Tech University System and chief operating officer of the Texas Tech Foundation.
Responsible for all fundraising initiatives of the Texas Tech University System, which has an endowment of more than $1 billion, Calvert oversees the development activities of the system’s four institutions: Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.
Before joining the Texas Tech University System, Calvert served as vice president of development at Purdue University. Under her leadership, the university secured two of the largest gifts in school history, increased total philanthropic activity by 50 percent and completed two of the top four fundraising years in school history.
Calvert began her career in philanthropy at Wichita State University and Kansas State University. In 2003, she was named vice president of university relations at Creighton University, where she led the school to successfully complete its largest campaign more than a year ahead of schedule. Recognizing her fundraising team’s achievements, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education honored Calvert and her team with consecutive awards for overall fundraising performance over a three-year period in 2007 and 2008.
A career of demonstrated success led to Calvert’s selection in 2011 as one of 10 advancement officers featured in a national study for the book, “Making the Case for Leadership: Profiles of Chief Advancement Officers in Higher Education.” She has helped develop best practice advancement methodology as chair of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and Jesuit Advancement Administrators national task force for benchmarking and served as national chair of the Jesuit Advancement Administrators, which represents advancement professionals at the nation’s 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education.
Higher education media has interviewed Calvert, and she has presented on philanthropy at various regional and national conferences on advancement in higher education.
Calvert received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. She has completed graduate work at Oklahoma State University and Wichita State University as well as business leadership programs at Harvard University and the University of Chicago.