Senior Vice President for Advancement
Edward Chiu has served as senior vice president for advancement at Babson College since September 2015. He possesses more than two decades of experience in higher education with a demonstrated track record as a successful fundraiser and program builder. In his current role, Chiu is a member of the President’s Executive Leadership team and provides strategic vision for Babson’s Development, Alumni & Friends, Advancement Services, Communications, and Events Management teams.
Since Chiu’s arrival, Babson has experienced significant growth in both alumni engagement and fundraising results, consistently surpassing annual goals and achieving record highs. Alumni participation has grown from 20 to 30.5 percent, and total commitments have grown from $16.1 million annually to $67.5 million. This has been a direct result of the renewed vision for an integrated Advancement effort. He also has spearheaded efforts to conceive, plan, and launch Babson’s Centennial Campaign, the most ambitious, comprehensive campaign in the institution’s history with a goal of $300 million.
Chiu previously served as vice chancellor for advancement at UMass Lowell. During his five-year tenure, the university saw record growth in revenue with more than $90.8 million in new commitments, and posted five consecutive record-breaking fundraising years. Chiu also guided strategy and execution for Our Legacy, Our Place, the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the UMass Lowell’s history.
Prior to UMass Lowell, Chiu spent four years at Providence College, where he was associate vice president for institutional advancement. He was responsible for alumni relations, development and advancement services, helped build a team of 48 employees, achieved record fundraising results, and laid the groundwork for the college’s capital campaign.
Chiu also spent eight years at St. John’s University as associate director and director of alumni relations before being promoted to director of operations for institutional advancement. He oversaw all advancement functions for a staff of 80 employees and assisted in the successful planning and execution of a $250 million capital campaign. Chiu began his Advancement career at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where he held roles in the Alumni Association and Division of Athletics.
Chiu is active in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), having served on the District I board. During his tenures, both the UMass Lowell chancellor and Babson president were honored with CASE’s Chief Executive Leadership Award for their efforts in Advancement, a recognition of Chiu’s impact. He has a Bachelor of Science in business and a master’s degree in education.