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Patrick Kramer Named Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Kramer’s experience as a seasoned fundraising professional spans nearly 25 years.

October 12, 2017 | Contact Scott Lacefield 

Patrick Kramer has been named vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement of the Texas Tech University System and chief operating officer of the Texas Tech Foundation, Chancellor Robert Duncan announced Thursday. Kramer begins his appointment immediately.

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Kramer spent the previous 15 months as the senior associate vice chancellor for finance, operations and services for Institutional Advancement of the TTU System.

“Patrick brings a wealth of leadership and experience to the team,” Duncan said. “He understands the Texas Tech University System culture and the importance of sustained philanthropy as we strive for excellence at our universities. I look forward to what he will accomplish in this new role.”

Responsible for coordination and management of philanthropic initiatives of the TTU System, which has an endowment of more than $1.2 billion, Kramer oversees and supports the fundraising 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. He also serves as an ex officio member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board of Directors.

“The Texas Tech University System has a rich tradition of supporting the growth and innovation of its universities through philanthropy,” Kramer said. “The donors and alumni I have met demonstrate this is an institution of great strength and great support. I am excited to work with Chancellor Duncan, university leaders, the foundation board and the Institutional Advancement team to continue to grow one of the best philanthropic programs in the country.”

Since July 2016, Kramer has managed the fundraising operations for Institutional Advancement of the TTU System including endowment compliance and stewardship services, database and information services, financial services, general counsel, human resources and research and prospect management.

Prior to arriving at the TTU System, he served as the associate vice president for advancement operations at the University of Colorado from 2013 to 2016. In this position, he led fundraising programs for major gifts, gift planning, annual giving and marketing and communications during a period of growth that saw annual private contributions increase from $195 million to $375 million.

Kramer’s first position at the University of Colorado was with the CU Foundation from 2008 to 2013. He served as vice president of development for campaigns and operations where he managed operations and administration of a $1.5 billion philanthropic campaign.

Kramer began his professional career at Washington State University (WSU) where he served in development leadership roles for more than 14 years. During his time in Pullman, Kramer implemented and directed a comprehensive development program for the university, culminating in a position as associate vice president for university development and constituency programs.

Kramer earned a bachelor’s degree from WSU in psychology and business. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Cheyenne and Jackson.

Kramer replaces Lisa Calvert who was recently named the vice president for advancement at WSU and CEO of the WSU Foundation.

About the Texas Tech University System 

Established in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas and nation, consisting of four universities—Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAngelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.      

Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach with approximately 20,000 employees, nearly 53,000 students, more than 330,000 alumni and an endowment over $1.2 billion.

In its short history, the Texas Tech University System has grown tremendously and is nationally acclaimed, operating on 17 campuses statewide and internationally. Under the dynamic leadership of Chancellor Robert Duncan, the Texas Tech University System has set forth a bold vision of excellence, collaboration and innovation and continues to prove that from here, it’s possible.