Bruce Pontious

Strategic Partner

Bruce Pontious, senior consultant & strategic partner, has over 30 years of experience in fundraising and spent 21 years at The Ohio State University.

From 2008 to 2013, Bruce served as associate vice chancellor for university development at the University of Arkansas, where he oversaw all units of university development, including the offices of annual giving, corporation and foundation relations, development research, gift services, information services, and planned giving.

As assistant vice president for professional colleges/units and regional programs at Ohio State, Bruce supervised development programs for five major academic and auxiliary units at the university, as well as five regional major gift programs based in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Naples (FL) and the Southwestern States region. Under his leadership, those colleges and units raised more than $342 million–approximately 40 percent of the institution’s overall fundraising activity–from 2006 to 2007.

Bruce served in a series of progressively responsible executive positions at the university, one of the nation’s largest academic institutions with more than 60,000 students and nearly 400,000 living alumni. From 2000 to 2005, he was associate vice president for health sciences and senior director of medical center development and alumni affairs, in charge of fundraising for the fourth largest medical school in the nation, schools of public health and allied medical professions, five university hospitals, a cancer hospital, and three medical research institutes.

Bruce began his tenure at Ohio State as director of medical center development, a position he held from 1987 to 1995. He then was promoted to assistant to the vice president for health sciences, a post he held until 2000. In that capacity, he led a $270 million campaign for the university’s health services entities that exceeded the original goal by $80 million.