Governor Craig R. Benson Endowed
Senior Vice President for Advancement
Edward Chiu is an entrepreneurial growth leader and management executive with a demonstrated track record of successful fundraising and program building. Throughout his 25-year career at both public and private higher education institutions, his innovative and entrepreneurial approach has led to record success at every organization.
Appointed Senior Vice President at Babson in September 2015, Chiu serves as a member of the President’s Council, providing strategic vision for Babson’s Development, Alumni Engagement, Annual Giving, Advancement Services, Communications, and Events Management teams. Underscoring the significance of his role at Babson, in 2019 his position was endowed as the Governor Craig R. Benson Endowed Senior Vice President for Advancement.
Since Chiu’s arrival, Babson has recorded historic growth in alumni engagement and fundraising, consistently exceeding annual goals and achieving record results. Alumni participation has grown from 16 to 32.4 percent, and total commitments have risen from $16.7 million annually to $91.1 million in 2020. He also played an integral role in securing a $50 million commitment—the single largest cash commitment in Babson’s history—that established the Arthur M. Blank School of Entrepreneurial Leadership.
These achievements are a direct result of a renewed and innovative vision for an integrated Advancement effort. Chiu spearheaded efforts to conceive, plan, and launch Babson’s Centennial Campaign, the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in the institution’s history. The initial goal of $300 million was reached nearly four years ahead of schedule, and was subsequently raised to $500 million.
Chiu previously served as Vice Chancellor for Advancement at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell). During his five-year tenure the university posted five consecutive record-breaking fundraising years and secured nearly $100 million in new gift commitments. Chiu guided strategy and execution for “Our Legacy, Our Place,” the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in UMass Lowell’s history.
Prior to UMass Lowell, Chiu spent four years at Providence College where he served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He was responsible for alumni relations, as well as development and advancement services. There he built a new team, achieved record fundraising results, and laid the groundwork for the college’s largest capital campaign.
Chiu spent eight years at St. John’s University as Associate Director and Director of Alumni Relations before being elevated to Director of Operations for Institutional Advancement, overseeing the day-to-day operations for all advancement functions. He played a key role in the successful planning and execution of the university’s $250 million capital campaign.
Chiu began his career in Advancement at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where he held progressive 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 1 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 leadership and impact. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business and a master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut.