Trego Joins Advancement Team

Margot McCrillis ’19, Staff Writer

To absorb the role of Vice President for Advancement, Dickinson College welcomed Josh Trego to begin serving as Director of the Dickinson Fund.  As Director, Trego oversees programs to increase the college’s annual budget and reduce spending. These efforts include alumni outreach that builds community and fosters philanthropy and interaction within the Dickinson students and alumni.

Trego looks forward to widening the community of Dickinson supporters who endorse the opportunities a Dickinson education provides.

“I am trying to learn as much as I can about the people who make Dickinson great,” Trego said about his adjustment to the Dickinson community.  “I have met so many wonderfully welcoming and helpful new people, from administrators to volunteers and many others.  I honestly cannot say enough about the excitement and the energy that surrounds Dickinson.  The potential is palpable and very real.  I am excited to be here and to be a part of the future of Dickinson.”

Trego’s goals for his actions as Director are not limited to managing the data of fundraising. He also intends to make subtle changes in the community that he hopes will create an “attitude of gratitude.”

Coco Minardi, current assistant vice president for Engagement, previously held the position of Director of the Dickinson Fund in addition to her current role.

Minardi said her job is to “maintain the oversight of alumni relations, parent relations, Dickinson Fund and advancement communications, providing strategic planning, goal-setting, performance analysis and budget management for each function as well as facilitate the integration of our work with that of the Individual Giving, Donor Relations and Advancement Services offices.”

Trego was brought on as Director to best maintain the fundraising program.

Minardi also maintains a portfolio of alumni donors for relationship management and personal solicitation. She reported that Trego would oversee the daily operations of the college’s multi-channel annual giving program, which includes volunteer solicitations, direct mail, phonathons, online giving and reunion giving.

Trego’s passion for academic fundraising is personal and he said he could not have reached the level of education and employment he has without the aid of grants and scholarship. Trego has worked in the fields of economic development and fundraising in many different areas, including working for non-profit organizations and as Director of Community and Economic Development for a United States Senator.  His work at non-profit organizations focused on grassroots mobilization to increase the vitality of Williamsburg, Pa. He was then hired to work in fundraising at Bucknell University, where he raised over two million dollars each of the six years in the fundraising office.

Dickinson hired Trego through a traditional search, followed by campus visits and interviews.