The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education has named Edward G. Kardos its senior director of development. Kardos will lead the school’s Office of External Relations and Development, where he will oversee all fundraising and alumni relations efforts.
A highly accomplished donor relations executive with more than 33 years of experience, Kardos most recently served as director of development for major gifts at the VCU School of Dentistry, where he secured more than $3.5 million in total donations dedicated to scholarship and professorship endowments.
“We are excited to add such an experienced individual to our School of Education leadership team,” said Leila Christenbury, Ed.D., interim dean of the School of Education. “Ed Kardos will skillfully guide our alumni engagement and fundraising efforts, and he will play an integral role in all that the School of Education looks to accomplish in the future.”
In his 11 years with the VCU School of Dentistry, Kardos oversaw the design, development and execution of a comprehensive advancement plan. Under his leadership, the School of Dentistry’s development team surpassed their initial campaign goal of $6 million by 95 percent, raising almost $12 million during the campaign. As part of the newly redesigned program, Kardos brought on a staff of five, which resulted in more than doubling dollars raised to $15 million in the first seven years of the new program.
Prior to joining the School of Dentistry, Kardos served as executive director of development for the VCU School of Nursing, director of development for Benedictine High School and the first full-time annual giving director at James Madison University. He is a Nina Abady Award recipient (2004), the highest award given by the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives for lifetime career excellence.
“I look forward to joining the School of Education, working with its impressive alumni and continuing to build on the relationships it has within the community,” Kardos said. “I believe my experience can help make those connections even stronger, and help the School of Education meet the ambitious goals it has for itself and its students.”