Portrait of Brent Pieper

Brent Pieper, Ed.D., CFRE

Vice President for Advancement, University of Louisville

In his current role, Brent oversees the University’s $2.1 billion campaign. With over twenty-three years of fundraising experience on campaigns totaling more than four billion dollars, he previously held the position of Assistant Vice President and Director of Campaign Operations at Cleveland State University. Brent has also led major gifts and campaign leadership positions for Indiana University and Ohio University. Prior to that, he was on the executive team at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta for four campaigns. His first major responsibility in volunteer management was with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he oversaw a seventy-member team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Indiana University, Bloomington; a master’s of public administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University; and a doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D.) from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research includes women and philanthropy programs in higher education, and he has worked directly with athletes in professional sports football, baseball, and auto racing on fundraising initiatives and sports philanthropy research. In July 2022, he released his first book, A Dean’s Handbook for Philanthropy, in partnership with CASE. Brent also serves on the faculty for the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky.