World Campus graduate steps into lead alumni relations, fundraising role

The newest senior director of development and alumni relations for Penn State World Campus is one of its alumni.

Don Lenze joined the organization in March, and in this role, he is providing strategic guidance and direction on fundraising with donors and engaging with alumni.

Lenze earned a master’s degree in human resources and employment relations through World Campus in 2014. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

He is a Pennsylvania native and one of 30 members of his family who have gotten a degree from Penn State and looks forward to this new role.

“Penn State has transformed my family with an unparalleled access to education, and the Penn State experience shapes our lives every day,” he said. “Leading a team charged with fueling the success of Outreach and Online Education is for me a labor of love and gratitude.”

Lenze joins World Campus after having served in a similar role in the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture’s Advancement Office. He oversaw a team that secured more than $100 million in commitments, including more than $26 million for the new Palmer Museum of Art. During his tenure, he increased the number of the college’s funds and saw its endowment almost double.

About Penn State World Campus

Penn State World Campus has offered a Penn State education online since 1998 and today features a comprehensive selection of more than 200 degrees and certificates. Almost 38,000 graduates have completed a degree online through World Campus.

Philanthropic gifts from alumni and friends of Penn State World Campus benefit online learners through scholarship and program funding. Forty-one donor-supported scholarships have been created, and more than 2,400 students have benefited since 2008.