Richard A. Ammons

Of Counsel

Richard has more than 40 years of experience as a higher education advancement professional. His strategic thinking, thoughtful leadership, and extensive success in fundraising provide tremendous value in his work with colleges and universities across the country.  After nine years as Senior Consultant, Richard moved to Of Counsel in 2023. He continues to provide expert counsel to a limited number of clients.

From 2010 to 2012, Richard served as associate dean for The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Leading the fundraising and alumni relations team, he reversed a multi-year downward trend in fundraising and doubled the previous year’s results in each of his two years. His team raised more than $35 million in new commitments during the quiet phase of the campaign that was announced during his term.  

Prior to his work at Duke, Richard served for seven years as vice president for development at Colby College. He worked as chief advancement officer for Colby’s fundraising and alumni relations activities, managing a staff of 43 and leading the College’s $370 million comprehensive campaign. In addition, he managed Colby’s communications activities, including its integrated marketing initiative. Richard also has served in leadership posts at Macalester College (vice president for college advancement), Morehouse College (vice president for development), and the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University (director of development). 


Durham, North Carolina


  • Amherst College, B.A.
  • Stanford University, M.B.A.

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