Mrs. Margaret Steele has worked in development in the nonprofit and for-profit arenas for more than 30 years, with a focus on the utilization and cultivation of demographic groups, to enhance the participation of constituents.
Returning to Wilkes in 2016, Mrs. Steele’s responsibilities have grown to her current role as chief development officer. She is the senior leader of the Advancement area and reports directly to the president, serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and is also held accountable by the Wilkes University Board of Trustees Advancement Committee and the Wilkes University Alumni Association board. As chief development officer, she is responsible for orchestrating activities related to the analysis, planning, execution, control and evaluation of all fundraising at the University, including major gifts, the annual fund and the University Family Campaign, as well as alumni engagement and marketing, operations and public relations associated with these responsibilities. Mrs. Steele has been directly responsible for the acquisition of numerous major gifts, including those that exceeded seven figures; the notable First Generation Scholarship Fund, for which combined annual support exceeded $2 million during her tenure; and the Gateway to the Future Comprehensive Campaign, which is scheduled to close in 2020 and is on track to exceed the enhanced goal of $55 million.
She previously worked at Wilkes University for eight years as director of continued learning, which included part-time student enrollment, summer session, graduate student enrollment, external business learning opportunities and non-credit programming. She has served on various University committees, including the student judicial committee, the budget committee and various search committees.
Mrs. Steele received her bachelor’s degree from Salem College in organizational psychology. Selected by the Luzerne County Council in 2014 to be a member of the board of trustees at Luzerne County Community College, she currently serves on various committees there, including Legislative and Community Affairs, the Academic Committee and the Finance Committee. Previous community volunteer service included being a member of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce board, a PARD committee member of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, a steering committee member for the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and an advisory council member of the Penn’s Woods Girl Scout Council.