Governor Craig R. Benson Endowed
Senior Vice President for Advancement
Edward Chiu possesses more than two decades of experience in higher education with a demonstrated track record as a successful fundraiser and program builder. Serving in his current role since 2015, Chiu is a member of the President’s Executive Leadership team, providing 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 alumni engagement and fundraising results, consistently surpassing annual goals. Alumni participation has grown from 20 to 32.2 percent, and total commitments have exceeded $61 million for the past two consecutive years—from $16.1 million annually to $67.5 million in 2018 and $61 million in 2019.
These record highs are a direct result of the renewed vision for an integrated Advancement effort. He also 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, building a team of 48 employees, achieving record fundraising results, and laying 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.