Christopher Biehn has over twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy and engagement in both the education and other nonprofit sectors. In April 2012, he joined Ithaca College as the vice president for institutional advancement, which comprises the offices of development, alumni relations, and advancement services. In May 2015 Chris assumed additional responsibilities of marketing and communications for the college. At Ithaca Chris is focused on planning and executing a comprehensive campaign in support of IC 20/20, the college’s visionary plan that will offer a truly distinctive integrative learning experience—blending together a multi-disciplinary approach to its core curriculum and an extraordinary array of extra-curricular and off-campus opportunities. The campaign will mirror the plan, focusing on building engagement and philanthropy at all levels. Chris is also responsible for branding, marketing, communication, and crisis communication in support of enrollment and advancement priorities.
Previously, Chris served as the vice president for university advancement at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. In that role he helped reinvigorate a comprehensive fundraising campaign while overseeing the departments of annual giving, major and planned gifts, leadership gifts, alumni relations, and corporate and foundation relations.
Prior to joining Drew, Biehn served for eight years as the chief advancement officer for the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts where in addition to his work around philanthropy he also taught a senior elective course in philosophy. Before that, he was director of development for the College of William & Mary’s School of Education, director of institutional advancement at the Albany Academy, director of development and alumni affairs at Lynn University, and director of annual giving and special projects at Glens Falls Hospital.