Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations
and Executive Director, UMass Amherst Foundation
Michael A. Leto joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst as Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations in April 2009. Before coming to UMass Amherst, he served as vice president for development and alumni relations at Central Michigan University. Previously, he held the position of executive director of development at the Indiana University Foundation, which is considered one of the nation’s leading fundraising organizations.
Vice Chancellor Leto provides leadership over the plans for improving private support for UMass Amherst and strengthening lifelong relationships with alumni and friends of the university. Gift commitments to the university increased 123% and in 2017 surpassed $50 million, the highest in the university’s history.
Vice Chancellor Leto also oversaw the success of the historic UMass Rising Campaign. The largest private fundraising effort in the university’s history, the UMass Rising Campaign raised $379 million from more than 100,000 donors. The $300 million goal was reached 14 months ahead of schedule, and the five largest gifts in university history were received during the campaign.
Vice Chancellor Leto’s service in higher education fundraising also includes positions at Southeast Missouri State University, Saint Louis University, and Indiana Institute of Technology. Leto received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Ball State University.