Christopher Crooker has been named assistant vice chancellor for development, according to Michael Leto, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations. Crooker is expected to begin his new duties around April 21.
In his new role, he will direct programs in corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, regional programs, development communications and annual giving.
Crooker comes from Cornell University where he held several positions over the past 17 years, most recently as assistant dean of alumni affairs and development at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In this position he led the school’s campaign effort, raising more than $68 million in new gifts and commitments. He also worked closely with several volunteer committees.
From 1998 to 2003, Crooker was a special gifts officer in Cornell’s division of alumni affairs and development. Prior to that post, he was associate director for athletic alumni affairs at Cornell from 1997-98.
Crooker was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy from 1989-94 and served as an instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I. and aboard the USS Horne and USS Dubuque.
He holds a B.A. in history and a master of professional studies in industrial and labor relations from Cornell.