DSU hires new leader for DSU Foundation

The Dakota State University Foundation has a new CEO and Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Mike McKelvey is an experienced philanthropy officer, having worked in higher education for over 25 years.

McKelvey has worked with major research universities and premier small public universities, holding senior level positions including Chief Philanthropic Officer, Director of Principal Gifts, and Executive Director of Advancement. He joined Southern Oregon University’s Philanthropic team in 2019, and most recently served there as Director of Principal Gifts. He is also principal and founder at Cascades Community Investments, which serves non-profits or institutions.

He takes the reins following former director Jon Schemmel, who took the position as athletics director at the University of South Dakota in January.  McKelvey will begin his duties with DSU in late May.