Paul Chesser, BA 94, GrDip 97, is a Concordia University graduate who has served as vice-president of Advancement since December 2018.
Chesser leads the Advancement sector, which oversees major giving, planned giving, annual giving, alumni relations and stewardship.
In partnership with our president, provost, deans and volunteers, Chesser directs the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now, the $250-million fundraising effort in support of our 9 Strategic Directions.
With more than 20 years of fundraising experience in higher education, Chesser most recently served as assistant vice-principal of development in McGill’s Department of Advancement.
He was previously Carleton University’s chief development officer, where he launched the university’s largest comprehensive campaign with a $300-million goal. He also served as director of annual giving at Queen’s University.
Chesser currently serves on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)’s commission on philanthropy, has volunteered on numerous association boards and has presented at conferences for CASE, the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Chesser earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at Concordia in 1994 and a graduate diploma in sports administration from the university’s John Molson School of Business in 1997.
He is a former captain and standout player on the Concordia Stingers football team. He was named Concordia male Athlete of the Year in 1994 and was inducted into the Concordia Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Chesser is a native of North Bay, Ontario.
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