Matthew D’Oyly '04, New Director of Annual Giving
The leader of the Annual Fund must have certain qualities that can’t be found in just anyone, including a strong commitment to Otterbein’s students, alumni and friends. So when it was time to find a new director, the best candidate for the job came from the Office of Student Affairs, where this alumnus demonstrated his passion for Otterbein’s mission and values on a daily basis. Meet Matthew D’Oyly ’04.
Matthew graduated from Otterbein with a bachelor’s degree in theatre technical design. He moved to Michigan where he earned his master’s degree in education with an emphasis on college student affairs leadership from Grand Valley State University. He worked as a residential life coordinator for Hope College and assistant producing director for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre before returning to Otterbein in 2010 to work in Student Affairs. He assumed his new position as director of annual giving and constituent communication in June 2013.
Already an active member of campus, Matthew serves as the chair of Administrative Assembly, as a member of the Bylaws committee of the University Senate, and as a member of the Governance Commission to rewrite the Bylaws for the University. He is the adviser for Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx) fraternity and serves as the fraternity’s alumni board president. He just completed a term on the University's alumni board.
Matthew is excited to serve in his new role, and answered a few questions about it here:
What’s most important to you in your new role as director of Annual Giving with Otterbein?
Communication. I really want to make connections with all of the different members of Otterbein’s community. I want to learn their stories and understand why Otterbein means so much to them. It might be the feeling they get when they see Towers, or remembering the walk across the stage at commencement or how much it meant to cheer the Cardinals on at a game. There is a story—a reason—we all decide to give something back. I want to know those stories.
What do you wish more people knew about the importance of the Annual Fund?
I think most people know that the Annual Fund is an important source of revenue. I think our donors know Annual Fund dollars are used to support strategic priorities like scholarships or technology updates as well as funding innovative new academic programs or student offerings.
What I think many might not know is that the percentage of participation for giving at Otterbein has a real impact on important matters like our ranking in U.S. News & World Report as well as determining whether corporations and foundations will award grants to Otterbein. In either of these cases it’s not about the total dollars given—it’s about the total percentage of people making the choice to give. That has given me a better understanding of why it is important to give to the Annual Fund!
If readers only remember one thing about you—what do you want them to know?
I believe in Otterbein. I’m passionate about Otterbein because I am an alumnus. This University gave me a chance to grow, to learn and to really realize my full potential. That’s why I want the chance to give something back. I know many alumni who feel the same way. I want that passion to help fund the Annual Fund’s new goal of reaching $875,000 by the end of June 2014…and someday soon reaching $1 million annually!