Beth Derrick Crigler has been appointed vice chancellor for advancement at UNC Charlotte, following a national search. She has served in this role in an interim capacity since July 2022.
“Our advancement efforts have achieved exceptional success under Beth’s leadership,” said Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber. “Over the past year, we had our most successful Niner Nation Gives campaign in history, secured a historic gift from the Mebane Foundation to support literacy education, and raised more than $60 million for the University’s strategic priorities. Beth's leadership has been integral in bringing these accomplishments to fruition. Growing philanthropic support is crucial as Charlotte becomes a globally recognized, top-tier research university. I am confident that Beth and her team will accomplish great things for Charlotte.”
Crigler joined the University in 2018 as associate vice chancellor of development. In that capacity, she helped complete the $200 million Exponential Campaign, closing with more than $218 million. Additionally, the University has continued to exceed its annual fundraising goals.
“UNC Charlotte is on a strong upward trajectory – in our research, our enrollment and our outreach,” said Crigler. “The energy of Niner Nation is second to none. I am honored to be part of a community that cares so deeply about ensuring our students’ success and a strong future for our city.”
The Division of Advancement includes the areas of development, alumni engagement, advancement operations, external relations and partnerships, university events and university communications.
Prior to joining the University, Crigler was senior director of principal and leadership gifts for the Novant Health Foundation. As a 20-year veteran in the development profession, Crigler has led numerous capital campaigns, raising more than $130 million for charitable organizations in the Charlotte region and more than $1 billion for organizations throughout North Carolina. During her career, she has provided leadership for several nonprofit organizations including Charlotte Latin School, the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Sharon Towers and the Cabarrus County Boys and Girls Club.
Crigler is a Certified Fundraising Executive and graduate of the University of South Carolina. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership and Camp Debbie Lou, a family camp she helped found for children with cancer.