- Alumni relations
- Development professional
- Major Gift Fundraising
Regina Simpson (Reggie) has been an alumni relations and development (major gifts fundraiser) professional for more than 30 years. She began her career in the USA as a Kent State University (Ohio) MA International Relations graduate assistant overseeing a group of undergraduate students spending a semester in Washington, DC as part of the University’s alumni-led Washington Program in National Issues.
During this time, she wrote a report on ‘Summer Jobs for Disadvantaged Youth’ for then President Ronald Reagan. On her return to Ohio, she was a student recruiter for Kent State before taking up a professional role in alumni relations there.
Following relocation to the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, Reggie has been at the forefront of membership-based alumni relations at Middlesex University, and most notably the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) followed by major gift roles at LSE and successor institutions.
Reggie was the first international member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commission on Alumni Relations and has given numerous talks on Alumni Relations and Major Gift Fundraising, as well as written chapters on Alumni Relations in a CASE Handbook and in a Guide to Good Practice for Managing External Relations in Universities and Colleges.
Reggie believes strongly that success for university alumni relations and fundraising begins at the earliest point of contact between student recruitment, the student experience and good alumni relations, which in turn goes back full circle in supporting the next generations of students through strong and sustained alumni communication outreach, financial support and help with employability for current students and alumni.