Bringing the Entrepreneurial Spirit to Advancement: Episode of the RAISE Podcast

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Bringing the Entrepreneurial Spirit to Advancement

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You might’ve heard of The Ohio State University. Just maybe. They’ve got a few football fans around the country. 

But that’s not all they’ve got. Turns out their College of Engineering has itself a pretty innovative fundraising team, too. They just don’t tend to get as much mainstream press as football. Well, we’re here to change all that. 

On this episode, Brent talks with Patrick Lynch, Senior Director of Engagement and Alumni Relations at the Ohio State University College of Engineering, about a wide variety of topics. Patrick shares how he went from a mulch salesman to building a leadership annual giving team from scratch at OSU. Patrick shares the important lessons he learned along the way, like how important it is to know yourself, be brave and entrepreneurial, and seek out a manager who inspires you, lifts you up, and is aligned with your vision and values.

You’ll also learn why Patrick is so passionate about the power of perspective and why he believes the industry must to be willing to change its vantage point more often in order to keep up with the rest of the world. 

Patrick Lynch

Senior Director of Strategic Engagement and Alumni Relations
College of Engineering at Ohio State

Patrick Lynch currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Engagement and Alumni Relations for the College of Engineering at Ohio State. Prior to this opportunity at Ohio State, Patrick spent nearly adecade in Charlotte, North Carolina. He started his career in the for-profit industry managing operations for a natural resource product manufacturing facility and then pivoted to a career in education. He worked at two different public charter schools before joining the advancement team at Queens University of Charlotte.

Patrick is always looking for new and innovative ways to solve problems. In his 10+ years as an advancement professional he has started dozens of new initiatives in both the annual giving and engagement space. Patrick has an undergraduate degree from Miami University, where he met his wife, and a MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens. He enjoys building LEGOs, reading bedtime stories, and the occasional pillow fight with his two young children.

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