Experienced fundraiser, development strategist, and Trinity alumnus Michael Bacon will serve as Trinity’s chief advancement officer
by Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75
SAN ANTONIO – Michael Bacon '89, CFRE, founder and principal partner of Bacon Lee & Associates, has been appointed as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations at Trinity University. Bacon has over 25 years' experience as a senior-level development and external relations executive, specializing in the creation and implementation of strategic fundraising programs including capital campaigns, major gifts, and annual giving. He will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of the University's fundraising activities and alumni engagement starting Aug. 10, 2015.
Bacon was appointed by Trinity President Danny J. Anderson following a national search. "Mike is a role model for Trinity alumni, he is passionate about the University, committed to alumni engagement, and he brings his creativity and professional expertise to the goal of advancing the University," Anderson said.
Anderson became Trinity's 19th president June 1, 2015. His vision for Trinity includes ensuring that the University is recognized as the model of 21st century education envisioned by the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan. "Mike will be a key partner as I meet Trinity alumni and supporters in San Antonio and other cities across the state and nation," Anderson said.
Bacon founded Bacon Lee & Associates in 2000 with fellow fundraising consultant Marion Lee, also a Trinity alumna. Their firm offers expertise in fund development, board training, and long-range planning to nonprofit organizations in San Antonio and Central Texas.
As a Trinity undergraduate, Bacon got his first taste of fundraising by volunteering to call alumni for the University's annual fund. "As a Trinity graduate, I believe I bring the added strength of an intimate knowledge of Trinity's culture, history, faculty, staff, and alumni," Bacon said.
He began his fund development career as Assistant Director of Annual Fund at Kenyon College. Bacon has also served as Director of Development for the San Antonio Academy and was the first Grants Manager for the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.
An active alumnus, he is a former chairman of the Trinity National Alumni Board, a frequent class reunion chair, and member of Trinity's Board of Visitors.
Bacon earned a bachelor's in history from Trinity and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He is also a Certified Fundraising Executive.
Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75 is assistant vice president for External Relations at Trinity. You can follow her @sjschweitzer.